New Pikler Production: Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity

NEW PIKLER PRODUCTION OF:

Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity
by Éva Kálló and Julianna Vámos, narrated by award winning journalist Victoria Looseleaf.

We are delighted to announce the release of a newly revised production of the wonderful film, “Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity” by Éva Kálló and Julianna Vámos, narrated by award winning journalist Victoria Looseleaf. This was made possible thanks to the generous  support from the board of trustees of Pikler/Lóczy USA.

The Baby’s Time ( Part 2), bathing and caring (6-12 months). Body care can be an occasion to build up a profound relationship and a partnership between the young child and his caretaker.

Following Part 1. “Bathing the Baby, Concern, Empathy and Acquired Gestures”, concerning children aged from 0 to 6 months, we carry on studying “the art of caring” practiced at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. In the second semester, the baby’s motor experiences become more varied, his interests are widening, and he shows more and more personal initiative and will. Now, he knows the bath ritual very well, and he can anticipate and prepare himself. If his self-initiated motor development is respected, the baby can and will actively take part in the care.

The setting gives possibilities and limits so the baby is completely free in his movements and participation and can develop his desire for cooperation. Mutual adaptation of the partners fosters a reciprocal relationship. Organizes the model of the relationship in reciprocity.

This film shows how the adult can take these contributions into account, such as impulsive emotional movements of the child, and transform them into mutual pleasure while bathing. This didactic film is intended for caretakers in any field of infant care, and for those involved in young children’s care. It is also intended for pediatricians and pediatric nurses in training, but anyone who has the opportunity to bathe a baby may be inspired.

 

Association Pikler-Lóczy, Budapest
APL (Budapest) – APL (France), first production 2006, new production 2017
Running time: 38 min

$50 US
$65 International

Where Pikler meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, October 28, 2017

Honoring Karen, Countess Spencer, recipient Of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

The developing brain thrives when an infant is nurtured in a predictable, loving relationship. We will explore how the Pikler® approach creates caring human connections that foster the child’s well being and provide a strong foundation for developing brain connections.

Little Learners Lodge by David Vigliotti

Presenters: Katherine Bussey MEd, Enid Elliot PhD, Jutka Hafner, Natasha Khazanov PhD, Debbie Laurin PhD, Zsuzsa Libertiny and Peter L. Mangione PhD

Read their complete biographies:  Presenters’ Biographies for Where Pikler® meets Neuroscience Conference 

Moderators: Gabrielle Anwar, Elsa Chahin and Susan Patrick PhD
Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs


Time and location information: Pepperdine University Graduate Campus, West LA Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
October 28, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration 8:00 PM


Driving directions, parking instructions & map pdf

Hotels, entertainment and transportation pdf


$115 – Early bird, before September 10, 2017
$130 – After September 10, 2017

Registration information:
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*Open to all
This Conference will provide attendees the rare opportunity to hear from a broad panel of experts how new information, from the field of neuroscience, supports over 7 decades of research and documentation developed by world-renowned Hungarian pediatrician, Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues. This important work continues to this day at the Emmi Pikler House in Budapest. The findings in neuroscience reach across disciplines and influence diverse practices for supporting optimal brain development in infants and young children through their day-to-day relationships and play experiences.

We invite you to join us as we explore how adult’s daily interactions, when implemented with respect and the child’s cooperation, play a key role in the child’s well-being and development. Bridging neuroscience with best practices in the care relationships with infants and toddlers is a focus of this conference.


Recipient Of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award, Karen, Countess Spencer

Karen Countess Spencer.

Karen, Countess Spencer

Karen, Countess Spencer founded Whole Child International in 2004 with the aim of improving the quality of care for vulnerable children worldwide. Targeting the largely overlooked emotional needs of society’s most at-risk children, Whole Child’s cost-effective, sustainable, and replicable program provides them with the tools they need to become productive members of society. As Founder and CEO of the organization, Karen leads an international team of trainers, researchers, and other staff to change systems of care, to advocate and influence policy, and to conduct related research. Whole Child programs are currently being brought to scale with funding from the Korean government through the Inter-American Development Bank and other donors. On February 20-21, 2010, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came especially to lend his personal support to Whole Child at the launch of its global initiative to raise awareness of the plight of institutionalized children. During his two days supporting Whole Child, His Holiness participated in discussions with philanthropists, academics, government officials, and the public on how best to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children. Karen is co-author of articles published in the peer-reviewed Infant Journal of Mental Health and Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, contributing important insights and realistic solutions to the public debate. In September 2015, she was elected an Ashoka Fellow, which honored her for identifying and filling a gap in care for orphans and vulnerable children. In 2016 she was made a Fellow at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom

Congratulations to Katalin Hevesi and Agnes Szanto Ph.D

Recipients of the 2017 Emmi Pikler Award

Merci Agi, köszönöm Kati, you have transformed the lives of thousands of children, and for this we are grateful and we honor you!

Katalin Hevesi, Pikler Pedagogue, began working at the Pikler infant’s home (Lóczy) in 1963, in addition to her direct work with the children, she has authored many articles and is part of the Hungarian working group that helped draft the ten Rights for children living in children’s homes, and the ten Rights for children attending day care. Hevesi has conducted seminars for the French Pikler-Lóczy Association in France and in Belgium for 10 years, and currently works in the archives of the Hungarian Pikler-Lóczy Association.

Agnes Szanto Ph.D., had early contact with Dr. Emmi Pikler, who was her family’s pediatrician when she was born. She has lived in France since 1956 and received a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Psychology in the research of the psychomotor development of young children. A Professor of Early Childhood Development at Universities in France, Belgium, Italy and Argentina, Szanto is also a keynote speaker at international conferences. She is a founding-member and Vice-President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association of France and of the International Pikler Association, as well as member of Pikler/Lóczy USA. She has authored many books that have been translated into several languages.

Advance Level Pikler® Training, October 23-27, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

In Peace with Oneself – In Peace with Others, The beginning of social learning

Faculty: Zsuzsa Libertiny, Jutka Hafner and Elsa Chahin

Class Overview
In this training, you will learn Dr. Pikler’s original ideas about the adult’s role in the socialization of infants and toddlers. How do we observe and understand the youngest child’s effort to learn and follow the norms and rules that surround them? How can we accompany and orient a child without power struggles in order to raise a person who can live “in peace with oneself – in peace with others”? We will share our experience about the difficult situations that toddlers experience in day care and in other social settings. Video footage recorded at the Pikler® Institute, the Pikler® Day Care, and in family settings will be offered for analysis and discussion, serving as a catalyst for practiced observations and engaging conversations.


The following topics will be addressed during the training:

  • “The age of transition” – What does Dr. Pikler teach us about toddlerhood?
  • Adjustment and cooperation in the adult-child relationship
  • Social learning during care giving routines
  • Transmission of cultural traditions at mealtime
  • Children among each other: From the first social experience to cooperation and conflict
  • How to protect the child’s individual needs in a group setting

This course is for professionals who have already participated in basic level courses offered by the Pikler Institute in Budapest, in the United States or abroad.

Participants may send a short video recording (1-4 minutes, to info@pikler.org) of an observation of toddler socialization and prepare relevant questions for group discussion. The deadline for this submission is mid-September.*

$1,200 Early bird, before September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)
$1,300 After September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)

*Open only to those that have previously attended a Basic Level Pikler® Intensive in USA or abroad.


Registration information:
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Time and location information:
October 23-27, 2017, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

West LA Campus

Read the presenters’ biographies…

3-day Pikler® Introductory Workshop, October 18-20, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

Class Overview
Children move, explore, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds, bodies and hearts. Adults can support this learning with a careful and caring approach that understands and respects the importance of children’s movement, thinking and feeling. This introductory workshop will explore the philosophy of Dr. Emmi Pikler, which advocates a peaceful and respectful approach to caring for babies and toddlers. Research from the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary suggests that young children thrive when they are seen as participants in their own care and initiators of their own explorations and play. We will explore how careful and attentive physical care facilitates a child’s sense of competence. Participants will deepen their knowledge about infant-toddler care and education in order to provide peaceful and respectful care to babies and toddlers. This 3-day workshop will use a variety of experiential activities, as well as discussion and lecture. It is open to everyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of how to care for infants and toddlers at home or in center care.


Participants will:

  • Explore the Pikler® philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.
  • Identify and understand the complexity of children’s growth and development.
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense capabilities.
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in supporting and caring for young children through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.

$250 Early bird, before September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)
$300 after September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)
*Open to all, no previous experience required.  


Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.


Time and location information:
October 18-20, 2017, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

West LA Campus

3-Day Introduction to the Pikler® Pedagogy – Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

3-Day Introduction to the Pikler® Pedagogy – Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Participants will: 

  • Explore the Pikler philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.
  • Identify and understand the complexity of children’s growth and development.
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense capabilities.
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in supporting and caring for young children through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.
Read more about the complete course descriptions for Tulsa.

Wecome to our newest board member, Gabrielle Anwar

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Gabrielle Anwar

Born in Berkshire, England, the endearing and accomplished Gabrielle Anwar has over 45 film and television performances to her credit in both Europe and the States. In 2001 Gabrielle discovered the work of Emmi Pikler after the birth of her second child. Her three children were raised within the Pikler method, Gabrielle siting the insightful work as “life-changing.” In 2017 Gabrielle completed a biographic screenplay about Pikler’s life, and hopes to continue working with PLUSA to develop a documentary to bring this same enlightenment to parents globally. An actress, painter, writer and director, Gabrielle has emphatically enthused, “When children are raised without violence, even in it’s most subtle form, they learn not how to harm another, instead with this approach, they learn how to love. Herein lies the key to peace.”