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Self-Initiated Motor Development led by Hungarian faculty Dr. Gabriella Püspöki, former Director of the Pikler Institute, Szilvia Papp and Elsa Chahin

Counts toward Pikler® pedagogue certification. OPEN TO ALL – The most well-known ideas of the early childhood pedagogical principles of Emmi Pikler are probably those about the infant’s self-initiated motor development. Her research and writings about the significance of free movement, its practical implementation, and the necessary conditions are widespread and popular.

Dr. Emmi Pikler’s observations about the free movement of the infant open a new perspective in understanding not only the principles of motor development, but also its influence on the development of the young child’s personality.

Participants of this seminar can explore the intact, natural process of motor development, which can only be observed if we do not directly intervene in movement. Besides healthy motor development, we also discuss slow development, gross motor equipment, and the appropriate environment in which to support free movement.
Course outline

  • The significance of the transitional positions and movements
  • Research conducted in the Pikler® Institute
  • Why is it difficult for adults to accept the idea of free movement?
  • How does free movement alter the adult’s attitude, and how does the infant’s quality of life change?

Participants will deepen their understanding about early childhood education through studying our most important pedagogical principles, learning about everyday experiences with children, and also through hearing about the results of research carried out by the Pikler® Institute. The topics will be expounded upon by presenting core materials of the Institute. The results of research and practical experience, the opportunity to watch and analyze photos and video footage, accounts of personal practice, and discussion of the questions raised by participants will all be included.

October 21-25, 2019

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus

6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | West LA Campus

Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs thirty days prior to the start of the event (September 21).  If a cancellation occurs between August 21 to September 20, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before August 20, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at