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Infants at risk and children with neurodevelopmental delay, minor neurological dysfunction as well as developmental coordination disorder (5-10% of the children – Roberto González Salinas, 2013) can benefit from an early (rehabilitation) intervention/therapy.

Early identification by primary care providers of developmental delays leads to early referral, to evaluation and to treatment. One of these interventions is psycho-motorics.

Psychomotor education (psycho-motorics) is a pedagogic and therapeutic approach to support and aid an individual’s personal development. It is based on a holistic view of human beings that considers each individual as a unity of physical, emotional and cognitive actualities, which interact with each other and the surrounding social environment. Essentially, the method is psychotherapeutic in its nature and origin.

The deployment of psychomotricity by professionals was not as clearly defined as was the case for other disciplines such as physiotherapy and physical activity, and there was confusion as to which terminology was best used to describe it, as it could be seen as a discipline (motion science), as a technique (psychomotor practice) or as a synonym of bodily activity (psychomotor ability).

The project is entirely innovative, because it aims to provide a psycho-motorics training, ECVET compliant, to ensure that every (aspiring) physiotherapists, ergotherapists, psychologists, psychotherapists and pedagogue will be able to support the mental, motor, psychosocial, emotional, speech and language development of children with developmental delay.

Target groups

  • Physiotherapists
  • Ergotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Pedagogues
  • Students of above disciplines


  • Infants at risk and children with neurodevelopmental delay, minor neurological dysfunction and developmental coordination disorder
  • Children with typical development (here psychomotor aims to develop the mental, motor, cognitive, etc. development)
  • Children with severe mental illness (generalized disorders, cognitive impairments, etc.)
  • Children with learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc.)
  • Children with emotional and behavioural disorders
  • Families and/or caregivers of affected children

Start Date: 01 / 11 / 2020
End Date: 30 / 04 / 2022
Duration: 18 months