The Benefits of Touch Therapy for Children with Special Needs
by Neel Kamal
Studies have shown that touch therapy can be very beneficial for infants and children with special needs for a number of reasons. Here, these benefits are outlined.
There are many benefits of touch therapy for children and infants with special needs. Parents who have babies and children with additional needs can really benefit from learning touch therapy techniques and can often notice a marked difference in their child’s overall well being. Here, we’ve listed some of the reasons why touch therapy such as baby massage has become so popular:
Touch is so important. It is the first sense to develop in human beings which is the reason why it is so vital that babies receive lots of physical contact. Touch therapy also has a number of benefits to infants and children who have fibromyalgia, autism, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, cancer and other psychiatric problems such as conduct disorder and depression.
Massage for Babies
Babies and infants right from the start who have had stressful or painful experiences due to having to have treatments at a young age may associate touch with in a negative way. This is why it is so important to learn how to massage your baby so they have a positive association with touch. Massage for babies with additional needs can help relax them and even help you to bond with your little one simply by learning the right massage techniques.
In general, massage can improve your babies respiration, digestion and circulation and give them a real feeling of comfort and relaxation which is ideal just before bedtime.
Massage for Children with Autism
Studies have shown that parents that engage with their children through touch therapy are able to bond with their children better and can even find that everyday tasks become easier and their child seems more relaxed and cooperative. It is often that urge to want to bond with your child and not knowing how that affects parents of children with autism. Massage is a great way for parents to be able to do this.
Children with Fibromyalgia
While physiotherapy has been used to successfully help patients suffering from fibromyalgia, massage has also been shown to have great therapeutic effects for those who are suffering from this disease. Once again these massage techniques need to be taught by a professional, but are a great investment in helping your child deal with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
It’s not only adults that get stressed. Children and even infants can get stressed as well. This can be triggered by starting school, being in a new place that they aren’t familiar with or around people they don’t know. Regular massage can help your child’s body relax and reduce the amount stress and tension they are feeling physically and emotionally
There is so much more research and important information on the relationship between massage and children with special needs that suggests that touch therapy could improve a child with additional needs’ overall well being. I hope you’ve found our list of benefits insightful giving you a better understanding of the principles of touch therapy and how it is used to help infants and children.