Child Development 1

- Child Development 1

Somatic Movement Training for childcare and education professionals Module 2

The second module focuses on Infant Movement Developmental (IMD). We will examine the significance of tissue Tone, the vestibular system and primitive reflexes in relationship to their importance as regards  children’s learning skills, i.e.: reading and writing. The physical experience and embodiment of the individual movements, reflexes and stages is the practical context that provides the basis for supporting babies and their carers.

  • Tone
  • Movement development first year
  • Rolling
  • Yield / Push / Reach / Pull
  • Primitive reflexes 1
  • Equilibrium organ 2
  • Context / practical application / practice fields
  • Case studies

Ausführliche Seminarinformationen

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 programme organised into 7 modules. It is recognised as  Part C of the Somatic Professional Training Programme.    

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 further education:

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

Dates 2021/22

Modul 1: Tuesday 06.04.- Friday 09.04.2021
Modul 2: Monday 02.08.- Friday 06.08.2021
Modul 3: Friday 08.10.- Sunday 10.10.2021      
Modul 4: Monday 03.01.- Friday 07.01.2022          
Modul 5: Monday 11.04.- Thursday 14.04.2022       
Modul 6: Friday 01.07.- Sunday 03.07.2022          
Modul 7: Thursday 29.09.- Monday 03.10.2022


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Heike Kuhlmann

Heike Kuhlmann works as dancer, pegagoge, choreogafer and BMC® Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist (SME/SMT). Her diploma in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (DIPL IBMT) has the emphasis on Body-Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology. Since her Master in Performance Studies/ Choreografy she researchs how somatics can support the artistic expression. Being member of the Global Water Dances Performance Kollektiv Berlin she dances and choreografs sitespecific performances on the subject of water. She works on the connections between art/politics and art/pedagogy/therapy. In Berlin she teaches Contact Improvisation, Somatic Movement Education (e.g. Embodying Movement, Authentic Movement) and Contemporary Dance.


Preise für die einzelnen Module:
3 Tage Module: Frühbucher (bis 6 Wochen vorher): 370 € / Vollpreis 400 €
4 Tage Module: Frühbucher (bis 6 Wochen vorher): 470 € / Vollpreis 500 €
5 Tage Module: Frühbucher (bis 6 Wochen vorher): 570 € / Vollpreis 600 €

Kosten der 200 Stunden Ausbildung

Vollpreis: 3200 € + Zertifikation 200€
Frühbucherpreis: 2900 € (Anmeldung und Zahlung bis 08.01.2021) + Zertifikation 200€
Monatliche Ratenzahlung: 12 × 270 € 

Dieses Modul ist in Berlin als Bildungsurlaub anerkannt. Für die Zusendung der Anerkennung schreiben Sie uns bitte an


  • Earlybird: 570.00 EUR
  • Full Price: 600.00 EUR
Zahlung Banküberweisung, PayPal

This module is part of the Somatic Movement Training for childcare and education professionals and can be booked individually.


Heike Kuhlmann
Adalisa Menghini
Ka Rustler

Daten & Kosten

KursspracheEN + DE
  • Earlybird 570.00 EUR
  • Full Price 600.00 EUR
ZahlungBanküberweisung, PayPal