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The comprehensive Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (Massage for Children with Autism) Course for massage therapists and healthcare professionals provides educational and professional training to those who wish to enhance their skills. Through this advanced training, participants learn to provide massage therapy, nurturing touch techniques, touch therapy, tactile introduction, sensory stimulation & integration for children who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Currently, we are in the midst of a global epidemic, where children are diagnosed at an ever growing rate with one of many developmental disorders that includes autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive development disorder (PDD), and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD).
Autism, ADD, ADHD, PDD, NLD, and Asperger's Syndrome were once either unknown or very rare. In 1980, autism diagnoses alone were 1 in 5,000; the most current data from the CDC says it's 1 in 110 children. Boys appear to be affected four times as much as girls, the rate could be as high as 1 in 70. There are many theories, however no one can say exactly what causes autism and its related disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, an autism- like condition usually without language delay, and various Pervasive Development Disorders (PDDs).
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) interfere with normal development of the brain in the areas that influence reasoning, social interaction, motor skills, communication skills, and attention. Children with autism spectrum disorders are typically deficient in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and play activities.
Developmental disorders occur across a spectrum, affecting individuals differently; some children lose the ability to speak, some might have motor impairment, and many lack social and emotional awareness. Behaviors range from hyperactivity to serious self-injury. Families and healthcare professionals often report that children may show lack of eye contact, as well as, have an aversion to touch and tactile stimulation. These disorders make it difficult for children with ASD to communicate with others, leading to frustrated social isolation. If left untreated, children do not develop the skills they need to become a fully functioning part of society.
For children with Autism, research has been published indicating that massage may provide relaxation, stress reduction and calm muscle spasms. Research has also demonstrated that this type of intervention may promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play, children with ASD show less erratic behavior, and are more attentive after receiving massage therapy. This safe, nurturing touch, along with regular sensory integration, is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion and withdrawal. Over time, touch therapy also helps the child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and aides in body awareness. Often by incorporating massage therapy into daily routines, children with Autism experience decreased issues with sleeping.
During the Liddle Kidz Foundation Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism Course, you will learn about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), commonly observed symptoms associated with ASD, different therapies currently being employed with children who have a diagnosis on the spectrum, massage techniques, nurturing touch techniques, tactile introduction, sensory stimulation & integration, oral stimulation, oral-sensory activities and methodology, benefits for both children and caregivers, current research and the importance of communication and attachment in building healthy emotional relationships. You will learn how to communicate with parents and healthcare providers, and how best to reach children who need your services most. Specific unique verbal and nonverbal communication will be reviewed and discussed, including the use of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) when providing massage therapy. Massage and touch therapy techniques for working with children with varied developmental challenges will be demonstrated and practiced during hands-on in class sessions. The benefits and importance of individualized adaptations for using massage therapy will be explained.
Our Advanced Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism
(Massage for Autism) Training Course includes:
- Review of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Review of commonly observed symptoms associated with ASD
- Review of a variety of therapies currently employed with children diagnosed on the spectrum
- Massage techniques, nurturing touch techniques, tactile introduction, sensory stimulation & integration, oral stimulation and oral-sensory activities
- Methodology for the use of massage therapy and tactile interventions
- Age appropriate approach and communication, and unique methods of communicating with children who have ASD
- Overview of growth and development
- Benefits for both children and caregivers
- Recognizing Children’s verbal and nonverbal communication
- Current pediatric massage research and how best to stay in touch with current research developments
- Teaching and facilitating skills to impart simple ideas and techniques to parents
- Networking and Marketing Skills for reaching healthcare professionals and families
- Considerations for providing massage therapy for children of all backgrounds, including cultural considerations
- Medical, healthcare and parental consent considerations
- Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (Massage for Children with Autism) Guide (provided in class)
- Supervised Practical Experience: In-class hands on practice
- Exam – the exam is administered and graded in class to ensure full understanding of the material presented, and to give participants any additional guidance prior to completing the course
- After course mentoring from our Master Teacher
- Processing of CEH/CEU paperwork and certifications as applicable
- Recommended Pre-Course Study: Attendance and completion of Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) Course
Finally, an advanced pediatric massage therapy training program for healthcare professionals who wish to provide touch therapy for children with Autism (ASD). The Liddle Kidz Foundation course is an intense, fun and effective way to advance your pediatric massage therapy skills and embrace children who have been diagnosed with one of many developmental disorders that includes autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive development disorder (PDD), and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD).
Founded by master teacher and philanthropist Tina Allen, the Liddle Kidz Foundation offers a new, comprehensive, research based training course and teaches students what they really need to know to become an advanced professional in the area of pediatric massage therapy.
Any experienced healthcare professional will tell you that there is a world of difference between learning how to massage a child from a book or DVD, and knowing how to provide the best care to meet a child and families needs, however, there are few opportunities to learn the skills they really need from a working healthcare professional who has provided infant and pediatric massage education throughout the world.
With specialized advanced training in Pediatric Massage Therapy, you have the unique opportunity to impact a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a lifetime.
About the Trainer
Tina Allen is an internationally respected author, lecturer and authority on infant and pediatric massage therapy. Ms. Allen managed the United States first comprehensive pediatric massage program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and developed pediatric massage programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital (UCLA) and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is currently consulting on the development of comprehensive pediatric massage programs for some of the world’s leading medical institutions including for The Mayo Clinic, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her innovative approach to children’s health has allowed her the unique opportunity to educate families and professionals throughout the world in the many benefits of nurturing touch.
She understands the varied physical and emotional needs of hospitalized and medically complex infants, children and their families. One of Tina’s passions is bringing the nurturing touch of pediatric massage to as many children as possible.
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Tuition & Registration
Please see our Calendar for upcoming Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism Training Dates and Registration Information.
In-class hands on practicum
Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (Massage for Children with Autism) Guide (provided in class)
After course mentoring from your Liddle Kidz Foundation International Trainer.
Who Should Attend
Health care professionals, professional massage therapists and body workers, parents and caregivers of children with specific medical conditions which may benefit from the use of massage therapy. Those who attended and completed the Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) Course, and wish to provide advanced Pediatric Massage Therapy.
Nursing CEH – Continuing Education Contact Hours
Liddle Kidz is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15018
Massage CEH - Continuing Education Contact Hours
Massage CEU - Continuing Education Units
Liddle Kidz Foundation is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 450613-08
Tina Allen is approved in Canada by: College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMT), The College of Massage Therapists Ontario (CMTO), The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA), The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM), New Brunswick Massotherapy Association, Northwest Territories Massage Therapists Association
For more detailed information please visit our Continuing Education Approvals page for State, Provincial, National and International CE Approvals