Hands-on learn­ing to teach chil­dren re­spect

Western Suburbs Weekly - - HEALTH -

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.

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