Online Course
Infant Development in Supine
Effectively use supine positioning to enhance independence and environmental interactions in your youngest patients

2.5-3 hours





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Pam Versfeld
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Pam has a passion for sharing her knowledge of task oriented movement therapy for infants and toddlers

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The supine position is a comfortable and natural position for newborns and infants to assume. It gives them independence to explore their environment with their senses and body, discover trunk stability, and develop purposeful movements with their hands and extremities. It is a powerful position to interact with their surroundings and caregivers and has many benefits. This course provides an overview of these benefits and the movement behaviours and skills typically seen in infants from birth to eight months.


This course aims to provide early intervention therapists with an opportunity to review infant development in supine. It also aims to help rehabilitation professionals recognise how experience provided by the physical and social environment and the infant’s motivation to explore influence their ever-increasing ability to move and be independent.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video 1: Development in Supine, Newborn to 1-2 Months
  2. Video 2: Development in Supine, 3-8 Months
  3. Video 3: Developmental Delays and Treatment Interventions in Supine
  4. Reading activity
  5. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2.5-3 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the main benefits of supine positioning and typical responses, movement behaviours and skills seen in infants in supine from birth to eight months of age
  • describe at least two ways infants with atypical development or developmental delay might present in supine and at least two ways to increase activity in supine

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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