Based on a book written by Tiffany Field, PhD, the Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, this course examines the value of touch from sociological, anthropological and physiological perspectives and presents recent significant research results on a variety of touch therapies.

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Content Outline

Touch as Hunger  0.75 hour
Touch as Communication  0.75 hour
Touch in Development  0.75 hour
Touch Deprivation  0.75 hour
Touch Message to the Brain  0.75 hour
Touch Therapies  0.75 hour
Infant Massage  0.75 hour
Massage Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults  1 hour
Open-Book Test and Course Evaluation  0.75 hour
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I am very happy to have the opportunity to take this course for my license renewal. I have been aware of Tiffany Field's studies of massage therapy for many, many years, but never seemed to have the time to research her findings. The book is well written and organized and is easily read. Her research has proven that every one benefits from massage, sometimes even the person performing the massage - whether a new mom or a senior citizen!

Cheryl D. Slojkowski

very infomative

Beth Labrador, LMBT, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Great general information and good research to support claims. This course gives me info I can share with clients about the importance of massage.

Kathryn B. Fidax, PT, CMT Tucson, Maryland

This was my favorite of the three courses I recently ordered.

Linneah Dalmus, LMT

I was very happy with the ease of this CEU.

Sue Lorincz NCMT Woodstock, GA

Great course... easy to take!

Whitney Twiford Waddington, LMBT Kill Devil Hills, NC

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize why touch and touch therapies are so important for people of all ages
  2. Identify why touch is essential for normal development and describe how it can be given to improve development during pregnancy, labor, delivery, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  3. Identify the most important functions of the integumentary system and describe how touch is useful for pain relief
  4. Reference the textbook and identify the way at least three (3) touch therapies work to benefit people
  5. Identify specific benefits for a variety of infants, including those with special needs
  6. Identify specific benefits of touch for children, adolescents and adults, including those with special
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Sample Text

"We also learned that we could predict postpartum depression by asking, "Do you and your partner want this baby?"  From our own research, we now know that postpartum depression, affecting as much as 80 percent of women, has terrible effects on newborns.  Babies born to depressed mothers show inferior performance on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment, an examination that assesses the newborn's response to visual, auditory, social, and nonsocial stimulation, and the newborn's motor behavior, self-quieting, and reflexes.  These newborns are also less attentive and less responsive to faces, and their perception of auditory, tactile, and visual stimuli is less developed.  In addition, their EEG activity is similar to that of their adult mothers.  The differences at this early stage probably derive from these babies having been exposed to their mother's high levels of stress hormones during pregnancy, because at birth the newborns have the same high stress-hormone levels as their mothers.  After their birth, the depressed mothers touched their newborns less often than the nondepressed mothers.  When a mother's depression continues, the infant's growth and development are delayed.  If the mother is still depressed six months after the delivery, the infant typically weighs less than the norm, and at one year has lower Bayley mental and motor scale scores."  (Touch by Tiffany Field, 2001, p. 42-43)

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Sample Test Question

Postpartum depression:

  1. affects fifty percent of women
  2. does not affect the baby
  3. creates lower stimulation development and response in the baby
  4. creates higher stimulation development and response in the baby
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