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ERIC Number: EJ909323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
You've Got That Magic Touch: Integrating the Sense of Touch into Early Childhood Services
Schneider, Elaine Fogel; Patterson, Philip P.
Young Exceptional Children, v13 n5 p17-27 Dec 2010
Newborns have often been characterized as helpless. However, more recent research suggests that infants are armed with an arsenal of sensory and perceptual abilities that enable them to organize and attach meaning to the world. Examples of such abilities include visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory skills. Although initially primitive, these abilities become more refined over time and with experience. Touch is another example of a sensory skill with which children are born. The use of massage and acupressure are examples of touch. Especially for young children with disabilities, massage and acupressure are a more structured and systematic form of touch and require specialized training by certified and/or licensed professionals. In this article, the authors discuss how to integrate the sense of touch into early childhood services. They discuss the cultural and religious aspects of touch, policies about touch, and the benefits of touch for young children with special needs. They describe the A-B-Cs of promoting nurturing touch and massage. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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