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NY - Manhattan and Westchester County Chapter

Event: Monthly Meeting: Discover Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach (commonly known as RIE)

May 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Come join us for our belayed April monthly meeting to discover or learn more about RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) philosophy from the only fully certified RIE Associate in NYC: Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D.

Johanna will share with us how RIE promotes a way of seeing infants and toddlers that enables adults to form close, authentic relationships with them through observation, attentive care and basic trust in their natural abilities.

RIE parents are unharried, confident in their abilities to provide their baby with optimal stimulation, sensitive to their babies’ needs and wants, and able to create guilt-free time for themselves.  RIE babies are self-confident, inner-directed and independent. Well known and popular in Los Angeles where it originated, RIE is relatively new to New York City.

About Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach

The infant needs an intimate, stable relationship with at least one primary person. This relationship can best be developed during “caretime” — diapering, dressing, feeding and bathing. These activities offer excellent opportunities for teaching cooperation, language, body image and mutuality in task-oriented experiences. The infant is an active participant rather than a passive recipient during caretime. The infant needs a safe and carefully designed environment in which to move, explore and manipulate. He/She thus achieves the stages of gross motor and sensory-motor development in his own time. Spontaneous, self-induced activities, which the infant pursues freely and autonomously, have an essential value for his/her physical and mental development. The pleasure in the process of exploration and mastery is self-reinforcing. The infant becomes intrinsically motivated to learn.  Meanwhile, the Educarer must learn to observe, understand and respect the individuality of the infant and respond with sensitivity and empathy to the infant’s cues.
-RIE Board of Directors, 2010

About our Guest Speaker
Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D. is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist, a RIE® Mentor and a Pikler-trained infant specialist. She serves on the executive board of the Pikler Loczy USA Fund. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Johanna teaches RIE classes both for infants and toddlers at the UES location and she also does a private coaching.
Agenda of the meeting:

  • 3:30PM-3:45PM Arrival, getting comfortable
  • 3:45-4:00PM Brief introductions
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM Our Guest Speakers presenting followed by Q&A
  • 5:00PM-5:25PM Social time
  • 5:25PM-6:00PM Wrapping up and leaving the space

Admission: FREE for members!

Children are always welcome! Babywearing preferred over strollers due to limited space.

Let’s all be mindful about our space. We have a limited and separated space within the store and we want to stay there!