Touch is a language that even the youngest child understands

Who cares for children touches them. Every touch conveys a message, from adult to child and vice versa. In 'What do you say, the language of the body in the care of children', teacher haptonomy Inga Mol describes how you can 'understand' the body language of a child and what you yourself 'say' with a touch. By being aware of the effect of touches, the care of children becomes easier, more pleasant and less physically demanding.

Loaded subject

Physical contact with children is, especially for professional caregivers, an increasingly charged subject. With this second edition, the author wants to pay attention to the importance of touching. Touch is important for a child. Impressions and stimuli come in through all the senses and with the skin as the largest organ, feeling is the most important means of communication. Babies do not understand words yet, but a touch instantly conveys a message.

Baby, do you let go?

What a parent or caregiver can be with a touch in 'What do you say?' made clear with word and image. What kind of touch does the baby and his own buttocks raise when does he open his mouth or does he let go of the hairs he holds in his fist? How can you most easily lift a child into a bicycle seat and where can you best hold a larger child when learning how to ride a bicycle? This booklet shows parents and guardians all.

Physical well-being for child and caregiver

Starting point when writing 'What do you say?' for Mol, the welfare of child and caregiver was. Physical contact affects the development of a child, physically and mentally. Through a touch, a child feels protected, loved or supported. Or just unsafe or forced. In addition, the physical burden on caregivers is less if children can participate in their care. A child wants to help and discover how to use his own body, but we have to learn how. Touches can evoke movements (and thereby 'behavior') with the child but also stop them. As a caregiver it is therefore good to know what you 'say' with your touch.

About Inga Mol

Inga Mol is a mother, a teacher of haptonomy (the doctrine of feeling, the sense of touch and affectivity) and kinesionomy (the doctrine of moving together). In her environment she saw many examples of miscommunication and too heavy movements between carer and child. 'What do you say?' is a must have for young parents and the perfect maternity gift because of the accessible writing style, practical tips and supporting illustrations.

"What do you say? The language of the body in the care of children "by Inga Mol.
Illustrations Beatrijs van Deursen. Uitg. Reed Business. ISBN 978 90 352 3160 3. 17.95 euros.

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