A pioneer in the Feldenkrais movement draws on her forty-years of experience to offer Feldenkrais Method and other somatic education practitioners a new perspective on infant development, and how they can assist parents and caregivers along the way
When should my baby be walking? Should I worry if they are not talking yet? What can I do to help my baby in their development? Dr. Chava Shelhav draws on her forty-years of experience in the Feldenkrais movement to offer answers using her holistic approach to child development to practitioners, parents, and caregivers. Child Space is Shelhav's unique method for assisting babies in achieving specific developmental milestones at the appropriate time. This includes developing physical skills, language, social skills, emotional attunement, and cognitive development. A baby's natural curiosity and innate desire to learn is stimulated through movements, games, and toys. Methods of touch provide the deep stimulation a baby needs to feel parts of their body, creating the awareness required for mastering motor skills, balance, and coordination. Also covered is the importance of nutrition in the beginning years of a child's life. In addition, healthcare professionals such as pediatricians, family and child therapists, and physical therapists working with infants will benefit from the new perspectives and techniques presented in this book.
140 b&w photos 36 diagrams, 3 tables
“Dr. Chava Shelhav’s book opens new horizons to all those who take an interest in early childhood development. The method of her work is based on exact and methodical observation, which, in and of itself, is a breath of fresh air in an era of ever growing dependence on mechanization. The uniqueness of her book lies in observing movement intertwined with the general process of development and in emphasizing its role in emotional development.”—Dov Alexandrovich, child psychiatrist and past president of the Israeli Association of Psychoanalysis
About the Author:
CHAVA SHELHAV, PhD, was born in Israel on January 31, 1940. As one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais's first students, she was one of the first group of 13 Feldenkrais teachers that he trained in his system of improving human functioning.
Dr. Shelhav received her masters at Boston University and her doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. Working in the Departments of Sociology and Life Sciences, her thesis examined the effects of the Feldenkrais Method on learning processes and other aspects of childhood. She has published a number of books in Hebrew, English, and German.
Dr. Shelhav has served as educational director for 30 four-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs in Israel, Germany, the United States, and the UK. In Israel, she has taught the Feldenkrais Method at Seminar Hakibbutzim, the Wingate Institute, the Asaf Harofe Medical Center's Department of Complementary Medicine, and at child development centers. In Germany, she heads Feldenkraiszcentrum, an institute that trains teachers in the Feldenkrais Method.
Dr. Shelhav is currently training Child'Space practitioners through programs in Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. She has a private practice in Tel Aviv.