Hands-on learning to teach children respect
A LEADING massage therapist will visit Perth this month to explain how allowing primary school students to massage other students in class can help children learn respect for others.
Canadian Pierre Blais will lead a two-day instructor training course for Massage in Schools on January 16 and 17 at the State Library.
“It incorporates touch to back, shoulders, head, arms and hands and most importantly, children do not touch each other without asking permission,” local instructor Maria Hart said.
“This respectful touch as well as asking permission reinforces the protective behaviours program.”
Ms Hart said the peer massage program was used in some WA schools but she wants to expand its reach across the State, and said it led to calmer, happier classrooms and children.