I am a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist through the internationally accredited Liddle Kidz non-profit group. Through this training, I was taught to provide massage therapy for all children, including those with special health care considerations. The CPMT is a hands-on course focusing on children from toddler age through late adolescence.
In addition to the CPMT training, I also took the Touch Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders training offered by Liddle Kidz. "For children with Autism, massage may provide relaxation, stress reduction, and calm muscle spasms. Over time, touch therapy also helps the child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and aides in body awareness. Often by incorporating massage therapy into daily routine, children with Autism experience decreased issues with sleeping."*
"Research has demonstrated that this type of intervention may promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play, they show less erratic behavior, and are more attentive after receiving massage therapy. Touch therapy also adds to sensory integration and regulates Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) issues. This safe, nurturing touch, along with regular sensory integration, is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion, and withdrawal."
TOUCH THERAPY FOR AUTISM
Massage by Melanie
Melanie Jaquess, CMT #57149, CPMT, BCTMB #849028