Child'Space Charlotte

Professional Trainings in Child'Space

The Chava Shelhav Method

Scholarships Available

Special Discounts for Child'Space Graduates

To Apply for this training, future trainings or Reviewing Segments, email:

Segment 1 started On Zoom June 6, 2020 and Segment 2 will continue on Zoom.

Onsite location when possible: Movement Dialogues

Adaptations made available for International trainees

4805 Park Road, Suite 200 , Charlotte, NC 28209

704.527.5996 or 704.650.7252

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What is Child'Space?

Child'Space is a unique and comprehensive method of sensory movement education that encourages babies' development in a holistic way using touch and floor-time activities. Trainees are introduced to Developmental Movement Experiences (DME's) each day.This experience translates to hands-on work with infants and interactive caregiver/infant group classes . Learn sensory education that supports each baby’s development in a holistic way combined with parent education.

Child'space Video for Professionals and Training Information

Simple movement sequences are matched to each child's pace. This promotes motor skills, early language and social-emotional growth. The course focuses on infant development from birth to independent walking.

Click here to read the recently published Child'Space research entitled Moving into tummy time, together: Touch and transitions aid parent confidence and infant development.

Scroll down for the Curriculum Overview.

Prior to the Pandemic: Child'Space consisted of 5 nine-day segments

Coursework is now being made available through Zoom

at a cost of $1000 per segment

Zoom Training dates

  • Segment 1: June 6, 2020, June 20; July 11, 25; August 8, 22; September 5 , 19; October 3, 17, 31; November 14

  • Zoom Hours: 1:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Segment 2 : December 5, December 12, 2020; January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 13, March 20, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, 2021

Segment 2 Zoom Hours: 12:00 -3:00 PM EST

Onsite Training dates

  • Segment 3 on Zoom June 5, 2021, June 19, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, 2021

  • Segment 3 onsite: October 30-November 9, 2021 (hybrid possibility for those who cannot travel)

  • Segment 4: TBA

  • Segment 5: TBA

Onsite Hours:

Saturday - Tuesday 9:30 - 12:30, 2-5;

Wednesday 9:30 - 1:30;

Thursday - Saturday 9:30-12:30, 2-5;

Sunday: 9:30-1:30.

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Enroll Now. Course is limited to 20 participants.

For more information about the Child'Space Charlotte Professional Training or

to request an application form please contact:

Brenda Sorkin, GCFP at 704.650.7252

For further information about the method click on these links:

International Child'Space Website

Child' SpaceSarasota Website

Child'Space Charlotte Website

Child’Space Cancellation Policy

For cancellations 60 days prior to the start of the training a full refund (minus credit card processing fees) will be offered. Afterwards, 31-59 days prior to the training a 50% refund will be offered (minus credit card processing fees). If you cancel 30 days or less we regret no refund will be offered.

Movement Dialogues reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, inclement weather or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If an event is cancelled, registrants will be offered a full refund. Movement Dialogues will provide a 30 day notice if the course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Movement Dialogues does not accept responsibility for any airfare, hotel, or other non-cancellable/non-refundable costs incurred by registrant.

Senior Child'Space Trainer:

Barbara Leverone, MA, GCFP

Barbara received her Feldenkrais certification in 1994 and has been in private practice for almost 25 years.

She has also worked continuously as a Child'Space educator and trainer since her 2009 certification. She has been a trainer for Child’Space Certification programs in Chicago, New York, Buenos Aires and Matsue, Japan.

Barbara holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling with advanced training and supervision in Infant Mental Health. For eight years, she worked with families with pre-term babies, teen-age parents and other at-risk situations through The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. She received their Mission Award for her work with parents of substance-exposed newborns.

Testimonials for Barbara's work:

I was drawn to Child’Space classes for my daughter, Katie, because of Barbara’s vast experience with babies and her ability to read their body language and temperament. What started out as a weekly class that provided special one-on-one time for me and my child led to our creation of an all-encompassing developmental play program for parents and caregivers of newborns through children age 5 years. She has successfully trained and mentored all of the teachers at The Brats Club SRQ, and the program is thriving under her guidance and role as Education Director. Barbara’s expertise and commitment to fostering a young child’s development are truly unmatched. Julie Gurguis, Co-Founder,

My baby and I both love to practice the exercises and activities that we learned in Barbara Leverone's Child’Space class. While having fun, my child is learning more about using her body, which has stopped a potential mobility issue – her preference to turn her head in only one direction - from developing into a big problem. After just one session with Barbara and playing with the techniques a couple of times at home, she was turning her head in both directions. Barbara's Child'Space class is awesome! Laura G.

Child’Space has become one of the most sought-after services by our Healthy Start parents. Parents develop skills that enhance the parent-child bond in a fun and enjoyable way. They can see their babies change and feel competent as their babies respond to them during Child’Space activities. We are grateful to have this program for our parents. Janice Baxter, Contract and Quality Assurance Manager, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

Child’Space has been more than a new technique to implement during my home visits. Our curriculum, Parents as Teachers, does an excellent job of establishing a developmental road map to observe and track as children age from birth until 3 years of age. But Child’Space is the connection between the things we need to do to ensure optimal growth for children and why we need to do them. Child’Space is the justification and validation behind the notion of physical stimulation having an effect on the brain and, when done properly and consistently, the benefits result in endless possibilities. LaToya Jones, Parent Educator, Teen Parent Initiative, Chicago Child Care Society

Child’Space is wonderful. It makes such a difference and helps me interact with my son better. Barbara is wonderful. I never met anyone that makes such a difference. She makes my son’s disability seem like it’s not a problem at all. Child’Space helps me interact with him better and not treat him in a debilitating way because of his disability.” Sherry G, mother of baby with Erb’s Palsy

My husband and I recently gained custody of our second foster child, Lucas. He was 6 weeks old when he came to stay with us, and he is now 16 weeks old. At the time of his birth he tested positive for oxycodone and opiates. Due to previous experience with Barbara I knew she would be the perfect person to ask for help. She shared a few exercises to work on with Lucas and gave me some great advice. I also took one of her Child Space classes. What a difference in his development! He started making more eye contact, he enjoyed tummy time more and loves getting on the floor to play. Even his daycare noticed a difference. Thank you, Ms. Barbara, for spending time with me. What a difference you have made in our lives. Vicki W.

Assistant Child'Space Trainer: Kira Charles

Kira Charles is a graduate of Dr. Chava Shelhav’s Child’Space Method Training. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method® for 25 years. She worked as an Assistant in the first New York Child’Space Method training and was a staff member at Child’Space NYC. Kira is the director of Child Space America, which offers Child’Space classes and private sessions throughout New York City.

Testimonials for Kira's Work:

Kira was incredibly aware of each child's need. She was tuned into the class as a whole as well as the individual baby. Each class I learned simple exercises and ways to work with my son to help him move on to his next milestone. Kira has a wonderful temperament with the babies. She establishes trust with the babies through her gentle and confident approach. My son was crawling up to her and on her at each class. During our months in class, my son transitioned from belly crawling to creeping on all fours and then to standing. I am so grateful for her support and knowledge. -Anna Hindell and baby Jonah

The good news is that Betty is cruising around these days, and I know that has a lot to do with the work we did in class - so thank you, Kira!! - Nikki Poirier Koch

Every time we met with Kira for Pre-Crawlers 1 our son (6 months) had some kind of breakthrough with moving his body. It was like she showed him how to unlock some kind of superpower! - Jenny & Cliff

The History of Child'Space

The Child’Space methodology was developed by Dr. Chava Shelhav, internationally renowned movement educator and Senior Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.

Through over 40 years of experience working with adults, children, and babies, Dr. Shelhav concluded that many difficulties in later years have their origin in the first year of life. She discovered that early intervention and stimulation of children’s primary developmental pathways can prevent or alleviate later impaired development.

She developed Child'Space to give children a solid foundation for lifelong learning and social competency.

Dr. Shelhav has a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in the Departments of Sociology and Life Sciences and a Master's degree from Boston University. Her master's thesis, "Working with Brain Damaged Children Using the Feldenkrais Method," and her Ph.D. thesis, "Movement as a Learning Model" reflect her interest in children's learning.

Dr. Shlhav introduced this method to a variety of institutions in Israel and Germany, among them hospitals, child-development centers, kindergartens and schools. She has presented her work with babies at international conferences and collaborated in the late Professor Esther Thelen's research in infant motor development.

She has been training teachers and trainers for Child'Space since 2002. Her book is now available on Amazon.

Curriculum Overview

  • Experiential movement lessons based on infant development

  • Demonstrations of hands-on work with typically developing babies, as well as infants with developmental delays or neurological difficulties

  • Development of observational and analytic skills

  • Training for work with infants and caregivers in both private and group sessions

  • Presentation of allied subjects including infant mental health, incorporating music and song, working with the parent, addressing the substance-exposed newborn, etc.

  • An emphasis on multiple, supervised student practicum experiences

  • Support for building a Child’Space practice and/or incorporating principles into current occupation


1. Teaching Through Touch

  • Summarize current brain research on use of touch for sensory/motor mapping

  • Developmental Movement Exploration (DME) to provide experiential understanding

  • Observation of same in live or video demonstration with trainer and infant/mother dyad

  • Discussion

  • Demonstration of hands-on proprioceptive tapping and pressure.

  • Practice of same on classmates and on dolls

  • PowerPoint presentation on fostering neuroplasticity, maturation of infant brain

2. Supporting Infant Motor Development

Summary of developmental movements to be covered:

  • Orientation in Space

  • Turning to Side-lying

  • Transition to Prone

  • Lifting the Head

  • Rolling – Prone to Supine, Supine to Prone, Consecutive Rolling

  • Prone on Elbows

  • Prone with Extended Arms

  • Reaching and Grasping

  • Creeping

  • Transition to Knees

  • Transition to Sit

  • Crawling

  • Independent Sit

  • Pull to Stand and Squat to Return

  • Cruising

  • Independent Walking

Exploration of developmental stages will include:

  • DME (Developmental Movement Experiences) to provide experiential understanding

  • Observation of same in live or video demonstration with trainer and infant/mother dyad

  • Discussion

  • Demonstration of hands-on skills to support infant’s exploration of that stage of development

  • Practice of same on classmates and on dolls

  • Powerpoint presentations and discussion on stages of infant development and various models of developmental milestones

  • Practicum experience with babies

3. Supporting Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development

Summary of stages of psycho-social development, the relationship to the motor advancement and the role of caregiver/baby interaction

Music, song and age-appropriate play to facilitate social relationships

Video observations of face to face interaction with caregiver and baby and analysis

Summary of research on information/auditory processing, and delays, including socioeconomic concerns and parenting style

Understanding the role of mirror neurons

Play activities to support neuro-development and proto-conversation

Participants practice and incorporate into Child’Space lessons

4. Fostering Social-Emotional Growth – Self-regulation and Attachment

PowerPoint presentation on role of mirror neurons in stimulating imitation, leading to deeper face to face interaction between caregiver and child.

Discussion of leading Infant Mental Health theories such as Peter Fonagy, Alicia Lieberman, Selma Frieberg, Beatrice Beebe, Daniel Stern and Ruella Frank

Incorporation of “Reflective Functioning” in a Child’Space lesson

Trainees will role play with each other possible uses of RF in a lesson with a parent as well as in their own interactions with a baby

Live or video demonstrations with trainers and parent/baby will be shown and analyzed from this perspective.

Trainees will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in their practicum experiences

5. Working with the Parent

All aspects of the Child’Space methodology can be shared with the parent, as possible

Trainees will learn incorporation of Child’Space skills as bonding tool to foster attachment; assessment of parent readiness to participate; factors from parent’s history that may interfere; simplifying information for various populations.

Theories of Dr. Ken Moses on working with the ‘difficult’ parent will be incorporated.

Live or video demonstrations with trainers and parent/baby will be shown and analyzed from this perspective.

Trainees will role play with each other potential troublesome situations

Trainees will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in their practicum experiences

Program Evaluation

In an informal survey of Healthy Start families over three years, 228 mothers and babies took part in at least 4 Child'Space lessons. Families were from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, and included teen mothers, preterm babies, and substance exposed newborns. Infants ranged in age from newborn to independent walking. All parents reported improved confidence in the following areas:

I learned ways to hold, carry, calm and interact with my baby;

I learned how to use instructive touch and movement to support my baby’s development, such as lifting the head in tummy-time;

I learned about reading my baby’s cures and avoiding overstimulation;

I found the information useful and helped improve my parent skills;

I was treated respectfully and my questions answered satisfactorily.

“Child'Space has become one of the most sought after services by our Healthy Start parents. Parents develop skills that enhance the parent-child bond in a fun and enjoyable way. They can see their babies change, and feel competent as their babies respond to them during Child'Space activities. We are grateful to have this program for our parents.” - - Janice Baxter, Contract and Quality Assurance Manager, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc

Child'space Info Video for Parents and Caregivers

1 Minute Child'space Info Video for Parents and Caregivers

$1,400 per segment

Cancellation and Refund Policy for the Charlotte Child'Space Training Program


For cancellations 30 days prior to the the Charlotte Child'Space Training Program full refunds are available. Afterwards, up until 15 days of the program, a $75 processing fee will be deducted from any refund issued provided your written notice is received. 15 days prior to the program if you cancel we regret there will be no refunds available, but your payment will be credited to any future programs minus the $75 processing fee.

In the unusual event Movement Dialogues needs to cancel a program, you will be given a full tuition refund.

We are not responsible for any other fees you may incur.