Courses for 2014
We've scheduled some new dates for all of our courses at the beginning of 2014. Please see our UK Programmes page and Diary page for more details.
Always keen to deliver outstanding courses at excellent value, Touch-Learn is pleased to announce that after keeping our prices static for four years the price increase for 2014 is nominal and still offers our customers excellent value for money.
Please note that if you enrol on a 2014 course before the end of November 2013 we will still honour our 2010 price.
4 November 2013
New Programme Details: Baby Wearing Advisor
We’ve had a great response to the launch of our new Baby Wearing Advisor course. Many people who have enquired about the course have been surprised to find out about the many benefits of baby wearing which are in line with the Touch-Learn ethos and perfectly complement our other programmes.
You may be considering the course for yourself to enhance your existing offerings to parents. You may be a Centre Manager or training coordinator looking to offer your staff a condensed, value-for-money certification which can be used for ante-natal, post-natal, group and outreach work. The answers to these common questions should help you understand more about what the course has to offer.
What is Baby Wearing?
Baby Wearing is simply a method of using a baby carrier, sling or wrap so that a parent can comfortably carry their baby against them with their hands free.
Why should I train as a Baby Wearing Advisor?
1. Safety First! Our course covers the Anatomy and Physiological aspects of advising a parent on how to safely wear their baby. This will ensure comfort and best practice for both parent and baby.
2. Empowering Parents – Our course teaches you how to guide parents to understand the benefits of baby wearing and how it supports healthy development of their child. We supply free-of-charge parental resources for you to use to support your teaching and help parents to learn more.
3. Supporting Families in the Foundation Years – The benefits of baby wearing are wide ranged and well matched to the themes set out in Development Matters and the EYFS. Baby wearing can support healthy parental attachment, learning and development, social development, language and communication skills and positive life experiences.
I have attached a document outlining the benefits of Baby Wearing.
What will I learn on the Touch-Learn course?
Our course is a 1 day programme which focuses on encouraging parents to try baby wearing by explaining why babies should be carried ‘in-arms’ and how they will benefit. We provide the Baby Wearing Advisor with the tools they need to support and encourage parents on a group and 1-to-1 basis. Course attendees are provided with a course manual and a soft fabric baby wrap that will be used for practical demonstrations. For more details please refer to the course prospectus which is available on our website or contact the Touch-Learn office on 01889 566222
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Colic Relief for Comic Relief!!
I wish I could say that this was my idea! I decided to use the very clever idea of another Touch-Learn Infant Massage Teacher to raise some money for a very worthwhile charity.
In March, this year, I spent a day at Mothercare, Crown Wharf Retail Park in Walsall, and a day at the opening event for Pelsall Village Health Centre, High Street, Pelsall promoting the Colic Routine devised by Touch-Learn International Limited and recommended by the Guild of Sensory Development. Having qualified as an Infant Massage Teacher (QIMT) at the end of 2012 I was keen to promote the benefits of baby massage, raise my profile locally and raise money for charity at the same time! I was thrilled to have collected a very respectable £123 from small voluntary donations made in exchange for a ‘colic relief’ demonstration and a handout of the strokes.
I will be starting Infant Massage classes in Hednesford, Staffordshire in July and this new venture for me is very exciting and I am really looking forward to meeting new parents/carers and their babies.
Lorraine Palmer, QIMT, APMGofSD
New Research Regarding Olive Oil Use with Baby Massage.
Earlier in 2013 a new piece of empirical research was published about the potential damaging effects of using olive oil for massage in adults with undamaged skin. It is a small study but in light of this research Touch-Learn is changing its policy and will no longer advocate its use as a massage medium with infant massage.
Olive oil is rather viscous and is not the most effective massage medium for infant massage - our preferred oil has always been organic Sunflower oil. Grape seed oil is a good alternative and fractionated coconut oil is excellent for babies with supressed immune systems.
I have included the abstract below and the full reference if you wish to read the full research paper. Also I have informed the Guild of Sensory Development who will now be updating their parental leaflets forthwith.
17 June 2013
Natural oils are advocated and used throughout the world as part of neonatal skin care, but there is an absence of evidence to support this practice. The goal of the current study was to ascertain the effect of olive oil and sunflower seed oil on the biophysical properties of the skin. Nineteen adult volunteers with and without a history of atopic dermatitis were recruited into two randomized forearm-controlled mechanistic studies. The first cohort applied six drops of olive oil to one forearm twice daily for 5 weeks. The second cohort applied six drops of olive oil to one forearm and six drops of sunflower seed oil to the other twice daily for 4 weeks. The effect of the treatments was evaluated by determining stratum corneum integrity and cohesion, intercorneocyte cohesion, moisturization, skin-surface pH, and erythema. Topical application of olive oil for 4 weeks caused a significant reduction in stratum corneum integrity and induced mild erythema in volunteers with and without a history of atopic dermatitis. Sunflower seed oil preserved stratum corneum integrity, did not cause erythema, and improved hydration in the same volunteers. In contrast to sunflower seed oil, topical treatment with olive oil significantly damages the skin barrier, and therefore has the potential to promote the development of, and exacerbate existing, atopic dermatitis. The use of olive oil for the treatment of dry skin and infant massage should therefore be discouraged. These findings challenge the unfounded belief that all natural oils are beneficial for the skin and highlight the need for further research.
Danby, S. G., AlEnezi, T., Sultan, A., Lavender, T., Chittock, J., Brown, K. and Cork, M. J. (2013), Effect of Olive and Sunflower Seed Oil on the Adult Skin Barrier: Implications for Neonatal Skin Care. Pediatric Dermatology, 30: 42–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2012.01865.x
Click this link to download Guild of Sensory Development Leaflet on Oils for Baby Massage
Liz Tipping, Touch-Learn's Special Needs Advisor was the key-note speaker at the 6th National Children's Complementary Therapy Network Conference (Freshwinds) at Birmingham Children's Hospital on 18 May 2013.
Liz is the special needs advisor for the Guild of Sensory Development and delivers the Touch-Learn, massage for babies with special needs workshop for Touch-Learn. Because of her wealth of expereince working with premature and neonatal babies Liz was invited to speak about introducing complementary therapies on the neonatal units in hospital and once the babies are home. Liz's lecture was very well received by the delegation and if you want to attend one of Liz's workshop we are hosting another one in the Midlands in October 2013.