Pediatric Massage For the Child with Special Needs (Revised) by Mary Fuhr and Kathy Fleming Drehobl

The primary “how-to” manual for information about massage for infants and children with special needs. Benefits of massage, research, theory, and clinical/therapeutic implications are discussed.

Pediatric Massage For the Child with Special Needs (Revised) is the primary “how-to” manual for information about massage for infants and children with special needs. Benefits of massage, research, theory, and clinical/therapeutic implications are discussed. The resource section has been greatly expanded and updated. The manual provides detailed instructions and clear illustrations to easily begin pediatric massage while ensuring correct positioning, massage strokes, and safety. Parents and professionals will gain the knowledge they need to feel confident providing pediatric massage.

Key Features

* Updated

* Massage strokes described in the text help promote the attainment of therapeutic and educational goals

* Specific clinical implications of each stroke are detailed in the Massage Strokes chapter.

Terms: infant massage, pediatric massage, baby massage, therapy, treatment, parenting, mothering, fathers, bonding, attachment, massage, touch, therapeutic touch, caring touch, touch communication, healing touch, health, wellness, family centered care, baby, infant, children, child, kids, special needs, special services, development, neuro-developmental, neurodevelopmental, developmental disabilities, calming, relaxation, sensory integration, sensory motor, sensory, gas, colic, muscle tone, preterm, premies, premature, cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome.

About Mary Fuhr and Kathy Fleming Drehobl

Kathy Fleming Drehobl graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. degree in

occupational therapy. She has practiced Occupational Therapy since 1983 with emphasis

on the 0-3 population Kathy is certified in both infant massage and myofacial release. Kathy has also completed the 8-week basic neuro-developmental therapy (NDT) course as well as the advanced baby NDT course. Kathy has also has assisted in NDT courses.

Kathy has taught academically at the Arizona School of Health Sciences and clinically

in workshops around the country. She was awarded the Arizona Distinguished

Acheivement award through the Arizona OT association in 1996.

Kathy has worked and consulted with children and their families in hospitals,

developmental centers, high-risk newborn follow up, private practice, public schools,

and infant-stimulation programs.

Mary Gengler Fuhr graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S degree in occupational therapy. She has worked in pediatrics since 1982. Mary currently has a private practice, Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy (a division of Relaxing Resources, PLLC) in the greater Seattle, WA area. Mary is a certified educator of infant massage and is on the advisory board of Infant Massage USA. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) and has completed the NDT baby course. Mary’s background in sensory integration includes practicum coursework as well as certification in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.

Mary is also a registered yoga teacher, specializing in work with children. She has presented workshops and provided consultation throughout the US, and internationally. Mary has had the opportunity to work with children and their families in their homes, developmental centers, and the public schools.

Mary and Kathy share a passion for this work and developed a workshop, “Pediatric Massage for the Child with Special Needs,” for parents and professionals. Feed back from those attending the courses have richly contributed to the expansion and application of the techniques. Mary and Kathy are grateful to those who have shared their personal experiences and expertise so that this work can continue to grow.

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