The finding has been welcomed by Australian children’s charity Baby in Mind. Baby in Mind is the only organisation in Australia providing nationally-accredited training to health professionals in infant massage education.
The Body Keeps the Score will surely be considered a classic among the texts on human trauma, and human nature more generally. Although van der Kolk is writing about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) broadly, he gives (justifiably) a significant emphasis to developmental (in-utero, infant and early childhood) trauma, as this is perhaps the primary source of trauma for many.
Linda on her last visit to Uganda, sharing skills with local workers and mothers.
Linda is currently looking for sponsors to provide training to local staff in Uganda, to help support early mother-baby relationships in families traumatised by rape and abuse. If you are in a position to assist, please contact Baby in Mind.
Module 1: Touch and Human Development
In this module, you will explore the role of touch in human development, and particularly infant mental health development. In this module, you will have the opportunity to:
- explore how parent-infant touch relates to early human development;
- examine some of the key research influencing our understanding of how touch plays a central role in the development of emotional and affect regulation; and
- review touch-related research which adds to our understanding of infant social development.
We will also introduce some ideas and give thought to how people’s own experiences and cultural beliefs about touch can impact on the quality of these early opportunities and interactions to support infant development.
The module takes most people 3-4 hours to complete.
Module 2: Infant Massage In Australia
This module explores some of the historical influences on the development of infant massage and touch education in Australia generally, and introduces the First Touch Program specifically. Students will gain knowledge of how infant massage education has developed and the characteristics of Cue-Based Infant massage. By completion of this module, the student will be able to:
- Describe some of the key influences on the evolution of formal infant massage education;
- Discus some of the main features which can be used to help distinguish between different approaches to infant massage education; and
- Describe these features as they exist in the First Touch Infant massage program.
The module takes most people 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.
Module 3: Promoting Nurturing Parenting Through Infant Massage Education
Infant massage education is widely used in health and community services to promote early parent-infant relationships. This course outlines specific research which identifies various features of infant massage education which, in particular, appear to result in improved parent-infant relationship outcomes. By completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe some of the ways in which different researchers have approached evaluation and trials of infant massage education;
- Describe some of the key characteristics (mechanisms) of high-quality infant massage education;
- Review different infant massage resources for evidence-based strengths and weaknesses; and
- Discuss some of the risks that may be associated with programs that do not demonstrate these characteristics.
The module takes most people 4-5 hours to complete.
This short course introduces students to some of the key principles and research underpinning the delivery of high quality, evidence-informed infant massage education to families with a baby.
This course is FREE, is open to everyone, and can be undertaken at any time.
The course contains three short modules, which you can complete online, in your own time.
Completion of this course allows you to apply for entry to the nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.
All students to complete three modules also receive a Principles of Infant Massage Education Badge to add to their portfolio or online profile.
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On those hard days it can be a struggle to feel like a “good” parent. We worry that somehow we are harming our kids, that somehow something we do along the way is going to make things go wrong for them.
And, as it turns out, there is no big secret to giving our little ones the early foundations for a sense of confidence, belonging and self-worth:
But if there is no technique that works for every baby, all the time, then presumably the opposite is true too: some techniques – for settling, feeding, soothing crying – must work for some babies, some of the time.
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This year, in Australia, an estimated 315 babies and pre-schoolers will be diagnosed with cancer. Most of them will go in to remission, however around 25 of these children will not make it (Cancer Australia, 2016).
It is true: the numbers of children dying from cancer used to be much higher. But – largely as a result of extraordinary donations to fund research and health services – we now see many more children survive childhood cancer than dying from it. Fortunately, most of us will be spared from having to watch a child in our family or social circle battle this horrific disease.
But…despite all these advances, each little life is important. Each one matters. In the 0-4 age group, cancer robs children of their childhoods and families of their children. Childhood cancer robs us all of our future Environmental Warriors, Artists, Pioneers and Heroes. We lose so much to early childhood cancer. Twenty five little lives lost is still too many.
The question is, how do we find those final pieces of the childhood cancer jigsaw puzzle? How do we make sure the funding doesn’t dry up? How do we make sure we can keep our best scientists, doctors, and nurses working to ensure that cancer no longer poses a threat to our children?
Here is a statistic that may hide one of the missing pieces: