First Step is a one-of-a-kind method applying a different perspective on babies’ development, and the link between development in infancy and later problems in childhood and adolescence.

The basics of the method are:first step 19

  1. Motor and sensory development in babies is the infrastructure for fulfilling the baby’s full potential in later years.
  2. From birth to age two, motor and sensory development unfold in stages with their own fixed, systematic nature. Babies need to go through each stage, and to complete every step in each stage. This insures the best development possible.
  3. For proper motor and sensory development, babies need a suitable environment; this includes their parents, their physical conditions, and how people relate to them.
  4. Creating a suitable environment isn’t an easy task in contemporary life.
At First Step, we help you create the right developmental environment (despite modern life!) so your baby develops fully and properly.

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The first two years of the child’s life are one of the most important stages in his development. The First Step method was developed by Shai Silbebusch, in order to provide parental guidance and development accompaniment for children in this stage.


Who invented First Step?

Shai Silberbusch – an infant and child development expert and a senior Feldenkrais method instructor – developed the First Step method Over years working with adults and children, Shai learned about the relation between infant development and the course of life as a child and adult. Those insights, combined with his hands-on experience as a father of three, led him to create this unique method that helps parents fully implement their babies’ motoric and developmental abilities.

Shai’s career-track includes:
  • Diagnosing and treating thousands of babiesIMG_9975
  • Training instructors in infant development with the First Step method
  • Teaching Feldenkrais classes for individuals and groups
  • A founder of Israel’s first complementary medicine department in a major hospital; the department integrates the Feldenkrais method, conventional medicine, and complementary medicine.
  • Homoeopathic medicine studies
  • Member of the senior training team for Feldenkrais instructors courses in Israel and elsewhere
  •  Envisioned and developed the First Step method for tracking babies’ development.
  • Regular appearances on Experts Gallery, a popular Israeli TV show.
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and consultations using First Step.
  •  A guest lecturer on infant development at international scientific conferences.