Online Course
The Newborn Infant – Setting the Scene
Learn more about newborn behaviour and newborn perceptual motor abilities

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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In this course, Pam Versfeld covers newborn behaviour and newborn perceptual motor abilities. In Part 1 of this course, she reviews aspects of newborn infant behaviour which are important for understanding the many factors that influence the perceptual-motor behaviour during the newborn period (from birth to about 4 weeks). In Part 2 of this course, Pam covers the perceptual-motor development of the newborn infant with opportunities to observe and analyse newborn movement behaviour.


To provide course participants with the knowledge needed to understand, recognise and describe the different factors that influence newborn perceptual motor behaviour and the development of healthy term and late preterm infants.


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

  1. Part 1 - Video and reading on newborn behaviour
  2. Part 2 - Video and reading on newborn perceptual motor abilities
  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 1.9 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 different behavioural states that infants exhibit
  • explain the different forms of crying infants engage in and the different ways that can be used to calm an infant
  • describe why spontaneous movements of the limbs are constrained to simplify control
  • discuss the different ways that head movements and looking behaviour allow infants to engage with the environment
  • describe the characteristics of movements that are seen when infants engage in periods of whole body movement (general movements)

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
From our traditional PT education, we are so used to immediately memorising and looking for pathological patterns in infants. Pam Versfeld shows in adorable and instructive videos what the normal, healthy movement of the newborn looks like - ultimately what we should always be guided by. Her calmness and clarity are able to inspire enthusiasm for paediatrics and always keep a positive outlook.
Annemarie Frank
This course is very practical and helpful for me. I got a lot of information about newborn perceptual motor behaviour, and I hope to recognize newborn behaviours and sensorimotor synergies. Thank you so much, Plus!
Thiri Nwe
An excellent in-depth introduction to newborn behaviours!
Julie Edler
United Kingdom
I love Pam Versfeld and her work!
Sue Liebross
Occupational Therapist
United States