Children with developmental problems or medical conditions often have fragile sensory systems that are easily over-loaded causing them to reject contact. Both parent and child can then come to experience massage or even touch as areas to be avoided.
Yet, healthy touch is critical to children’s development on every level—physical, mental, emotional, social and behavioral. Touch is vital to growth. It organizes and integrates sensory experience. It fosters the social contact and good boundaries that are essential to forming a deep emotional bond with the parent.
Montclair State University’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health is offering a free introductory class on infant and pediatric massage for children with special needs, teaching parents:
- Benefits of massage for your child
- Benefits for parents, grandparents and caregivers
- Cultural & historical foundations of touch
- Physiological, emotional, social & behavioral effects of touch
- Neuroscience of interpersonal touch
- Hands-on Instruction in gas/constipation/digestive relief routine
The class will be taught by Linda Garofallou, the Infant & Pediatric Massage Therapist at the Center for Autism, and also at Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where she has worked extensively with families and children with a wide range of serious medical diagnoses.
The class will be held on the following dates:
- Sunday, April 14 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm
- Wednesday, May 22 from 1 am – 11:30 am
- Sunday, June 9 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Email here to Register. For Questions call Linda Garofallou, MS, LMT, at 973-714-3241.