Two extraordinary opportunities for Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensives

Respectful Care and
The Relationship with the Adult
July 16-20, Los Angeles, CA

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (nappy changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute, observing how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations. To read more, register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card…

The Autonomous Play Activity
July 23-27, Los Angeles, CA

Autonomous play activity delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. This workshop provides credit to certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue for parents and educators of young children. To read more, register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card…

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Daily schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Early bird  for each session: 
Before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350

Our holiday gift to you – two full scholarships!

Dear friends and colleagues,
We wish you a holiday season filled with love, joy and peace!

In celebration of this holiday season and in gratitude to the Pikler House, the PLUSA Board of Trustees is giving away two full scholarships – 700 Euros each – for the basic level intensive in Budapest, Hungary: Self-initiated Motor Development. This intensive will take place at the Pikler® House, March 5-9, 2018 (5 days).

Drawing will take place on January 9 to commemorate Dr. Pikler’s birthday!

To participate in the drawing, please add your name to the list via our Facebook post, or by writing to (Does not include airfare, accommodations or meals.)

Thank you for your continuous support. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a joyful new year.

With love,
The PLUSA Board of Trustees

Course details
March 5-9, 2018 (5 days)
Self-initiated Motor Development

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 it’s influence on the development of the young child’s personality.

Participants of the 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 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 quality of life of the infant change?


PART II: Dr. Intisar Shareef’s Pikler Interview Series

“Adults’ perspectives after having grown up at Lóczy”

Ever wonder about the future of a child having grown up at the Pikler Institute? We hope you enjoy Judit Kelemen’s and Dr. Shareef’s beautiful conversation. Proof that the Pikler® approach transforms lives! 

Please enjoy PART II of our Pikler Interview Series with Dr. Shareef.

With love,

The PLUSA Board of Trustees

Congratulations to Karen Spencer for being named one of 25 influential women by People Magazine

Elsa Chahin, President/CEO of Pikler/Lóczy USA presenting award to Karen, Countess Spencer, founding member of PLUSA Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to Karen, Countess Spencer, recipient of our first Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award for being named by People Magazine among the 25 most influential women of the world. 

PLUSA honors and congratulates Karen, Countess Spencer, Founder and CEO of Whole Child International, for her commitment to the children of the world. Karen’s dedication  to our most vulnerable children is helping improve the lives of thousands and thousands.  

Thank you Karen

Karen Spencer with PLUSA Board members and Keynote speakers during our Pikler conference, “Where Pikler meets Neuroscience”. Prof. Susan Patrick, Dr. Katherine Bussey, Elsa Chahin, Gabrielle Anwar, Linda Hinrichs, Karen Spencer, Enid Elliot, Dr. Peter Magione, Dr. Ken Jaffe, Prof. Debbie Laurin.

Only a few spots left for Where Pikler meets Neuroscience, October 28, 2017

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. Read more…

Read the Description of Presentations

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

Please enjoy this video by one of our conference keynote speakers, Dr. Peter Mangione, and his experience with the Pikler® pedagogy.

$130 After September 30, 2017
Register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.