FirstPlay Infant Massage Storytelling was developed for infants ages birth to toddler. FirstPlay® Therapy is a cutting-edge preventative and treatment model of intervention that evolved from the work of Viola Brody, founder of Developmental Play Therapy; and is supported by Attachment Theory; Ericksonian Play Therapy; infant massage literature; and research and ethics in touch.
FirstPlay® is so named because it focuses on the therapeutic aspects of pre-symbolic play, or play that happened first in a child’s life ~ “first-play” is, for example, the early joyful touch-based activity play that happens between a parent and infant such as “patty cake,” “peek-a-boo,” or sing-song games. FirstPlay® Therapy is an attachment-based approach that incorporates fun interactive touch-based activities that gives children the foundation needed to build healthy interpersonal relationships. Brain research supports that pre-symbolic play wires the brain for life-long intimacy, and for advanced cognitive ability and emotional regulation of distress.
Benefits of FirstPlay Infant Massage include:
- Sound Sleep
- Caring Touch
- Nutrient Flow
- Language Development
- Brain Potential
As a Certified FirstPlay Practitioner I instruct, guide and supervise parents in the activities of the Baby Tree Hug Massage- a playful touch based story illustrated in the FirstPlay Parent Handbook. In FirstPlay® sessions, I demonstrate the storytelling movements on a babydoll while parents simultaneously practice the technique on their infant. I then guide parents on how to incorporate FirstPlay® sessions into their daily schedules.
Sessions can be held in the office or in your home. Group sessions of no more than 3 can be arranged.
- Phone introductory session
- Initial Session
- Follow up Session
- Parent Handbook (Available in English or Spanish)
Contact me today to schedule your session or obtain additional information.