Online Course
Learning to Stand – Development and Training
Gain a detailed appreciation of the steps required for infants to learn to stand and what strategies to use to help them

2-2.5 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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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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As with any new skill, learning to stand takes hours of practice. Infants must repeat the task and explore different ways of achieving their desired outcome. Achieving independent standing requires persistence, repeated experience of success, as well as repeated failures. There are three phases of learning to stand: learning to support the body weight on the lower limbs with support from a caregiver; standing and stepping with hand support; standing independently and early walking. This course provides an in-depth description of each phase.


This course aims to provide an overview of how infants learn to stand, cruise with hand support, let go, stand independently and take their first steps. It also aims to provide an introduction to using a dynamic systems and task oriented approach to training the different developmental tasks along the learning-to-stand trajectory.


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

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. 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 2-2.5 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 1.8 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:

  • discuss the three phases of learning to stand
  • describe at least two strategies to help infants learn to stand

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I enjoyed this course and will use Pam’s document on task-orientated movement in the future!
Christy Venter
South Africa
It is an excellent course, very interactive with the videos. The explanation and the step-by-step are a plus in understanding and getting more ideas on how to help the little ones achieve the skill.
Jean Otero
Physical Therapist
United States
I loved the course and learned so much through the learning material. The course made it easy to listen and learn from with good videos for observations of these principles in practice.
Jessica Goosen
South Africa