Loving Touch



2014

A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE KEY MESSAGES!!

ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT STORY


KEY MESSAGE 8

CHILDREN LEARN FROM WATCHING AND COPYING

Children also learn by watching and copying others around them.  Repeated observation of actions increases brain activity and allows children to understand and imitate the actions of others. 
This helps children to learn without requiring direct instruction.

LOVING TOUCH

Touch is the most sensitive learning tool a young child possesses. 
Gentle loving touch develops bonding and attachment, improves physical development and
builds a child’s self esteem and confidence.

  

Introduce these loving touch rhymes to your newborn, baby and toddler.  They will be calmed by the loving touch and eventually will be able to imitate the rhyme with others in their lives.  What a lovely way to build a relationship with your child.  At the same time baby is learning language and vocabulary,  developing the brain,  being calmed, and building an attachment with their carer.


WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK PERMISSION
BEFORE DOING A TOUCHING RHYME ON YOUR CHILD
TO SHOW RESPECT FOR YOUR CHILD
AND YOUR CHILD’S BODY.

FISHES SWIM
This rhyme can be done on a child’s back or on their tummy.  
Massage their back or tummy a little before you start to prepare them for the experience.
 The touch should be firm not tickly.
Fishes swim in water clear
(Pretend to be a fish swimming on your child’s back or tummy)
Birds fly high up in the air
(Pretend to be a bird flying)
Snakes slither along the ground
(Slither your fingers across your child’s back or tummy)
BUT...............
Boys and girls go round and round and round and round!
(Go round and round with your fingers on your child’s back
Give them a big hug at the end.)
Source unknown
This multisensory touching activity demonstrates loving touch, anticipation,
vocabulary development and can calm your child before they go to sleep or
at other times when they need help to be calm.
X MARKS THE SPOT
This rhyme can be done on a child’s back or on their tummy.  
Massage their back or tummy a little before you start
to prepare them for the experience.
The touch should be firm not tickly
X marks the spot
(Draw a large cross on the child’s back or tummy)
With a dot, dot, dot
(Make large dots on their back or tummy)
And a dash and a dash
(Make large dashes) 
And a question mark
(Draw a big, question mark)
Tickle (child’s name) up, tickle (child’s name) down
(Tickle up and down their back or tummy)
Tickle, tickle all the way round
(Tickle them all around their body)
With a hug and a squeeze
(Give them a hug and a gentle squeeze)
And a cool summer breeze
(Pretend to blow gently on your child)
Traditional US


These touching rhymes can be shared with your child from birth but be gentle with newborns and stop if they show cues that they are not enjoying the experience.   It is an enjoyable activity for both the child and the massager and your child might even start to do the rhyme on your
back or tummy eventually – a wonderful gift for you from your child.




BUTTERFLY WINGS WORDS OF WISDOM

PLEASE NOTE - Some ideas and activities sourced from the 2012 Children’s Week Challenges, Queensland Health Early Years Initiative, Browns Plains Community Health, Brisbane.

Ref: The neuroscience review from the first stage of the Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story identified a number of child development statements
Key Messages - to share with parents and the community.  The child development statements convey evidence about the importance of the early years 

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

AND ENJOY BEING WITH EACH OTHER.

TIME IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE A CHILD.