New Pikler Production: Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity


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

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

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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.


“Playing, Activity, Thinking, Part I”

By Éva Kálló and Eszter Mózes,  narrated by award winning journalist Victoria Looseleaf.

World renowned experts Eszter Mózes, clinical child psychologist and Director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children, and Éva Kálló, Pikler Pedagogue and Master Trainer, delve deep into the topic of play and cognition based on their 40 years of research, work with, and observations of young children at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. In this film one observes how infants’ thoughts grow from their free movement through space and independent manipulation of objects. This free exploration and play creates a solid base for a child’s later abstract thinking and theorizing.


Through a practice of attentive observation Dr. Emmi Pikler (1902-1984) recognized the competence, creativity and ingenuity of these youngest humans by simply watching what they do as they play, socialize and move independently. Based on her observations she articulated an interdependent practice of care. Research and clinical observations suggest that the end result of caring for infants and toddlers using her approach of care and attention is the development of a mutually respectful relationship, the effects of which last through adulthood through building the child’s unique intelligence and self-confidence.

Available on our website:
$50 US, $65 International

Wishing you the very best this season


Thank you for being part of our Pikler family and for sharing our mission of caring for babies with respect. Together we can make our world a little bit kinder, one baby at a time.

Pikler/Lóczy USA is dedicated to supporting parents and professionals in the important mission of caring for young children with respect.

Emmi Pikler’s decades of research proved that a peaceful relationship between parent and child is formed through the daily tender moments of care.

From his first day of life, the child is always considered a partner during his caregiving routines. There is a dialogue that occurs and the baby begins to feel safe and secure.

photo with youtube arrowpikler.jpgMay 2017 bring Joy and Wellbeing to the Children of the World.

Laura Briley – March 19, 1948 – September 5, 2013

laura2Laura’s vision and dedication brought Pikler to the United States, providing training for professionals and parents of young children. In addition, she was the president of Day Schools (3 NAEYC accredited programs located in Tulsa) overseeing total operations and financial management for 36 years. As the working group leader of ‘Rights for Children Living in Children’s Homes’ of World Forum Foundation, she focused on improving the lives of children in children’s homes throughout the world, whether they were living in an institution or foster parent environment. We love you Laura!