ERIC Number: EJ751382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 30
Significance of Touch in Young Children's Lives
Carlson, Frances M.
Young Children, v60 n4 p79-85 Jul 2005
Touch matters. Humans need nurturing touch for optimum emotional, physical, and cognitive development and health--especially in infancy. Positive touch lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the brain. Drawing on research and anecdotal evidence to support the importance of touch to children's well-being, the author makes a case for appropriate touching in early childhood programs. She discusses teaching children about types of touch and body ownership and advises teachers to take into consideration the child's personal preferences, culture, past experience and individual comfort level with touching, and sensory functioning when using positive touch with children. Several ways to add positive touch to the early childhood classroom are listed in this article.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Early Childhood Education, Cognitive Development, Young Children, Premature Infants, Child Health, Physical Development, History, Childhood Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Child Rearing, Well Being, Teacher Attitudes, Sensory Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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