Creative massage for communication
Course Tutor: Kathryn Crosby
This course is suitable for teachers, therapists, classroom assistants, and parents working with children, young people or adults with PMLD, SLD, ASD
On this relaxing one day course, participants will learn how to give a simple back massage, head massage and hand massage using creative techniques, to pupils with a range of sensory needs. The day also includes, story massage, massage through song, and how to compliment massage with sensory props.
The massage routines, strokes and games will enable participants to connect and communicate on a non verbal level with their pupils and students.
What you will learn
Benefits of massage: Physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for the child with special needs.
Nervous System: Understanding how stress affects behaviour & learning and the role of massage in helping children with challenging behaviour & ASD calm their minds and senses
Touch Issues: Strategies for ADHD, touch sensitive, or ASD students
Positioning: How to use slings, prone boards, therapy balls, wedges to aid massage sessions. Massage to aid standing positions & use of splints
Strokes and routines: Back, head, arms, hand and foot massage. Technique, pressure, strokes. Strokes for specific needs and understanding contraindications such as epilepsy, spinal rods, tactile defensive issues
Massage stories: How to write your own massage stories, poems and songs.
Child protection: How to develop a structured massage programme within safeguarding policies.
Assessment: Recording baselines, monitoring and evaluating a massage project.
“ I’ve learnt a great amount of techniques and story massage moves! It’s great to be able to use these on my child in various positions”
J. Weston, parent of 6 year old with MSI.
“This course has
been very positive.
It has inspired me to interact with my child with a lovely communication method which is beneficial to both myself and her, enabling us to connect in a non verbal loving way”
A. Crook, parent of 14 year old girl with PMLD.
Massage is practiced through clothes, so please wear tops which won't ride up too much or can be tucked in.
It is not adviseable to wear lots of jewellery as this will hinder some of the strokes.
If you have long hair, please bring something to put it up briefly for the back massage routine.
All massage strokes are taught sitting on chairs.