Author(s): Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE)
The purpose of Unfolding of Infants' Gross Motor Development is to describe and illustrate the unfolding of natural unassisted gross motor development in infants. It can augment existing texts which do not differentiate between natural motor development and assisted or evoked motor responses in infants.
Through descriptions and illustrations, shows the basic process by which babies are naturally able to move well without assistance. Dr. Pikler's approach focuses on natural healthy development and values the quality of the movement rather than the age at which the movement is acquired. These charming line drawings of infants illustrate the unfolding of natural motor development based on Dr Emmi Pikler's classic studies of babies who had the unusual opportunity for both secure, respectful relationships and the chance to explore through their own self-initiated movements.
Unfolding of Infants’ Natural Gross Motor Development can inspire those of all disciplines who work with infants to be able to foster better gross motor development in infants by clarifying through descriptions and illustrations the basic process of how babies are naturally able to move well without assistance.
Originally conceived, defined and compiled by the team of The National Methodological Institute for Resiential Nurseries (now The Pikler Institute) in Budapest, Hungary which was headed by Dr Emmi Pikler.