Lives are Advanced, Specialized Continuing Education
Courses created for infant massage
instructors who have previously completed an infant
massage instructor certification course and want
more training in facilitating touch and massage
for infants and children with special needs. Pediatric
occupational, physical or speech therapists, developmental
specialists, family therapists, social workers,
nurses, physicians, psychologists, and others who
work with children with special needs are encouraged
Touch & Massage for Families with
Infants & Children with Special Needs
Mathias and Wayne
Times: Saturday and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
Dates Coming Soon!
Touch and Massage is especially effective for infants
and children with special needs when incorporated
with other therapeutic approaches. Participants
will learn how to design new touch movements and
massage techniques for children with special needs
such as cerebral palsy, sensory reactivity, hypotonia,
visial impairments, feeding, and gastro-intestinal
difficulties. There will also be a practicum of
facilitating infant-parent attachment and infant
touch and massage while under the supervision of
The curriculum will also include positioning, precautions,
and strategies for facilitating touch within different
family systems, and with regard to the diverse emotional
states of parents.
An underlying premise of this workshop is that
the family is the primary agent for change for their
child. Thus, a consultative model of service delivery
is emphasized where individualized strategies are
embedded within family routines and activities.
In this way, family competence and confidence are
strengthened and positive family-child interactions
and relationships are encouraged.
This seminar includes information
and training for participants to:
- Understand precautions of applying touch to
infants and children with medical and biological
- Demonstrate effective ways of holding and supporting
children with special needs for optimal success
in touch and massage instruction.
- Recognize emotional stages/cycles of parents
who have children with special needs.
- Demonstrate unique touch and massage strategies
for children with special conditions such as cerebral
palsy, sensory reactivity, hypotonia, visual impairments,
feeding, and gastro-intestinal difficulties.
- Identify the essential components of parent
interviews prior to initiating infant touch and
- Promote collaboration among individuals from
multiple disciplines to integrate neurodevelopmental
interventions with touch and massage.
All Touching Lives trainings are at the
International Institute of Infant Massage in Albuquerque,