Touch is important in our lives. We are born with that need. As an infant it helps us thrive and grow. As a child it supports engagement. Even adults benefit from touch in supportive, caring ways .
Incorporating touch in our sessions
Incorporating safe, appropriate touch in our sessions can take many forms.
Common methods include shaking hands as we greet participants and as part of dances.
Some songs encourage people to hold hands.
- “Reach Out & Touch Somebody’s Hand” is one many ages can sing.
Ken Medema wrote “Hold My Hand” . It has an easy refrain you can teach. Use it to discuss times people like to hold hands.
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Whether it is an intergenerational group or a group for children, share a book or two. Here are a hug books to get you started.
- A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross
- Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
- Counting Kisses: A kiss and read book by Karen Katz
- Dad Hug Book by Karen Katz
- Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman and George Hallensleben
- Hug by Jez Alborough
- Hugs and Kisses by Chrisopher Loupi and Eve Tharlet
- Monster Hug! by David Ezra Stein
- The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning and Valeri Gorbachev
Let’s be close
There are times touch is NOT appropriate. Being in close proximity may be more appropriate.
Here are a few examples for nearby without touching.
- Sharing a drum.
- Holding ends of a scarf one person to another.
- Passing out or collecting instruments.
- Moving parachutes or stretchy bands.
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