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Pediatric Massage: Touch Therapy

lkf-ailments-logo-144pxWHAT IS TOUCH THERAPY?

Touch therapy is practiced by health-care professionals who have received specialized training to develop their skills in providing pediatric massage therapy. Such health-care professionals are Certified Pediatric Massage Therapists (CPMT).

A CPMT works with a child’s parents/guardians to assist them with techniques to provide appropriate and nurturing touch for their child. The CPMT always practices with a parent/guardian or another adult present. The child remains clothed and must give permission to be touched.

A CPMT uses nurturing touch and gentle and soothing glides during the session. For a child with tactile sensitivities, a CPMT varies pressure and utilizes different textures before gradually using her hands.

WHY TOUCH THERAPY?

Pediatric massage is an evidenced-based therapy for children with autism. Touch therapy for children with autism:

  • may decrease tension and promote relaxation;
  • may help with body awareness;
  • may decrease inattentiveness;
  • may help a child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation;
  • may help with gastrointestinal issues;
  • may increase healthy social boundaries;
  • may decrease issues with sleeping; and
  • may increase bonding and trust with caregivers.

PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS

“Children with autism are often described as extremely sensitive to touch; they often dislike being touched. In spite of this, however, we have noted that they love being massaged, maybe because, unlike random touching in social situations, massaging is predictable.” — Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, in Touch

Check out my blog for more information about Touch Therapy.

To learn more about Touch Therapy call me at 812-264-5482 or email caringtouchmassage@yahoo.com.


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