Academic journal article Childhood Education

Significance of Touch in Young Children's Lives

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Significance of Touch in Young Children's Lives

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SIGNIFICANCE OF TOUCH IN YOUNG CHILDREN'S LIVES. Carlson, F., Young Children, 2005, 60(4), 79-85. Touch is an essential part of a young child's development. From the moment of birth, when uterine contractions caress the baby, touch is a catalyst for healthy cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Good touch lowers stress hormone levels in the brain which, when raised, have been found to delay cognitive development as well as other areas of development. Without touch, children do not thrive. The emotional attachment that is formed as "a result of warm and responsive care" (p. 81) provides a child with a secure base from which to explore the world.

Unfortunately, there is simply not enough positive physical contact in the early childhood environment. Greeting time, music and movement activities, noncompetitive games, and rest time are some of the instances when we can incorporate touch into our daily lives with young children. Adults should always help a child vocalize when he or she is uncomfortable with a touch and should never scold a child for these expressions. …

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