Movement, play, interaction with children

- Movement, play, interaction with children

Module 3

This mdodule focuses on mindful movement, dance and play for children ages 0-3 yrs and 3-7 yrs. We will introduce activities how to engage adults and children in collaborative movement and dance play using Contact Improvisation.

  • Ages 0-3/ 3-7 year
  • Contact Improvisation for tall and small
  • body awareness / feeling
  • mindfulness
  • Dance/ Creativity
  • Interaction with carers 2
  • Bonding and attachment theory
  • Infant Movement development and reflex integration
  • Context/ practical application/ fields of practice

Ausführliche Seminarinformationen

200 UE / 6 modules / 4 somatic methods / 3 instructors

This innovative training combines several  somatic methods (IBMT; BMC®, INPP, Feldenkrais, Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy, Experiential Anatomy, Authentic Movement) with the latest theory and research on child development. A somatic approach can provide effective and simple support for babies, children and adolescents who are facing challenges in learning, development or emotional regulation, whether big or small. This programme will support you to integrate somatic approaches into your practice, providing  a combination of body awareness and embodiment training with practical somatic exercises and approaches appropriate to specific client groups. 

Who is this training suitable for?

The training offers a comprehensive professional development programme suitable for those working with babies, children and young people in a range of education and health care contexts. It is relevant to educators, social workers, midwives, doulas, physiotherapists , paediatric nurses, doctors , teachers, psychologists and no medical practitioners in the field of dance, music and theatre provision for children.

Traning Structure:

This is a 200 hour training programm organised into 6 modules.

Training Goals:

  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of child development
  • The ability to  recognise the profound interconnections between the nonverbal and verbal dimensions of consciousness
  • A somatic and theoretical understanding of the ongoing development and learning processes
  • An understanding of  the interpersonal emotional exchange of the development process and how to support it in relationship
  • Knowledge of the psycho-physical processes of learning
  • An understanding of Brain development
  • The ability to recognise different developmental aspects of the different client groups
  • The  ability to integrate somatic approaches and methods into working with children
  • An understanding of the Importance and fundamentals of communication with parents and carers
  • Skills to recognise  developmental and learning challenges within their client group.

Once qualified you will:

  • Be able to develop playful-somatic movement programs for different age groups, which support their development.
  • Be familiar with"preverbal language” and able to playfully integrate childhood movement development and reflexes in a variety of contexts
  • Be able to recognise and understand the presence of persistent primitive reflexes and be able to implement strategies to address this. 
  • Be able to recognise compensatory behaviours in your client group 
  • Be able to identify and develop support possibilities for development and learning difficulties / blockages
  • Create an appreciative, appreciative and attentive atmosphere as a place of learning and playing

Graduation Requirements:

  • Proof of 10 hours observation.
  • One class presentation
  • Case study or practical research, documented in an essay of maximum 3,000

Applied somatic methods of training:

  • IBMT (Integrative Bodywork- and Movement Therapy)
  • Neurophysiological Psychology
  • Feldenkrais
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Ideokinesis
  • Body-Mind Centering®
  • Dance

General content:

  1. Tone
  2. Development of the vestibular system
  3. Reflexes
  4. Primitive reflexes
  5. Postural reflexes
  • Human Movement Development
  • Brain development
  1. development of the nervous system
  2. information processing
  3. physiological learning processes
  4. new ​​versus re-learning
  5. creating a supportive space for learning
Self awareness
  1. dealing with resistance
  2. achievement evaluation
  3. age-appropriate mediation
  1. teenagers
  2. 8-11 (development of sexuality)
  3. 3-7/8 (Postural reflexes should be integrated)
  4. 0-3
Practice-related mediation
  1. Games: Movement activities / Support / Touch
  2. Touch: as support not as correction /alternatives to touch


  • Experiential Anatomy
  • A variety of Somatic methods
  • Context / practical application / practice fields
  • Integration
  • Hands on
  • Case  study discussions


sab team_Heike Kuhlmann.jpg

Heike Kuhlmann

MSME, BMC®-Practitioner, dancer, -educator, choreographer, MA Performance Studies/Choreography 

Heike is interested in the unfolding process of human beings. It is more than the individual unfolding, but in how people can meet each other at eye level through personal development and inclusion of structural conditions in her somatic facilitations. Being a condition to become Critical Somatics. She accompanies somatic processes in individual sessions, courses, workshops and trainings. Activism and somatics are interwoven in her artistic work. More information on:


20190918_sab team_Adalisa Menghini.jpg

Adalisa Menghini

Teacher, choreographer, performer

Adalisa studied at the S.N.D.O in Amsterdam, after which she completed her M.A. in Neurophysiological Psychology. She is a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method. She works with professional and non-professional dancers, children and seniors. She was nominated twice as best choreographer of the "Giocabriga". In collaboration with K. Wickenhäuser, she has brought performances with school children to museums. Twice they have won the "Kinder zum Olymp!" award. She teaches at the Tanzfabrik, the Somatic Academy Berlin and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

20190918_sab team_Ka Rustler.jpg

Ka Rustler

Ka Rustler has been performing, researching and analyzing somatic practices and their embodiment in movement, choreography and therapy for over 30 years. BMC® Teacher


Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30
  • Earlybird: 570.00 EUR
  • Full Price: 600.00 EUR
Zahlung Banküberweisung, PayPal

This module is part of the professional training C.A.R.E | Somatic childhood pedagogy. It is seperatly bookable as well:

C.A.R.E | Somatic childhood pedagogy - Movement, play, interaction with children
DE+EN | 5-day workshop in somatic childhood pedagogy
Apr 12, 2025 – Apr 16, 2025


Heike Kuhlmann
Adalisa Menghini
Ka Rustler

Daten & Kosten

KursspracheEN + DE
  • Earlybird 570.00 EUR
  • Full Price 600.00 EUR
ZahlungBanküberweisung, PayPal
Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30