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Infant Massage

The BART (Bonding and Relaxation Technique) Method of infant massage was developed by Evelyn Guyer, specifically to meet the needs of infants and children with special needs AND their parents!  Her goal was to provide a way for parents of children with disabilities to interact, connect and bond with their child.  However, this method applies to all infants and children, not just those with special needs.   Infant Massage is delivered in a package of five, one-on-one sessions, that are approximately 30 minutes long.

CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM BART MASSAGE INCLUDE: 

Traumatic birth history

Prematurity

Birth addictions

Neglect, Abuse, Lack of Bonding

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Infantile spasms/Seizures

Motor delays/Sensory Dysfunction/Poor self regulation

Failure to thrive/feeding difficulties

Cystic Fibrosis

Cerebral Palsy

Down Syndrome

Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Malformations ( HIE, Arnold-Chiari, Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Corpus Callosum Agenesis)

Cancer

PTSD

Anxiety

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BENEFITS OF BART MASSAGE FOR THE CHILD INCLUDE:

Sensory organization 

Improved self regulation

Assists with environmental or caregiver “adjustment” periods

Improved oral-motor function 

Enhanced feeding

Vestibular organization

Motor development/Body awareness

Improved communication

Better eye contact

Builds trust

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BENEFITS OF BART MASSAGE FOR THE PARENT INCLUDE:

Sets aside specific special time with child

Increased confidence in parenting skills

Strengthens parent ability to “communicate” with their child​

Parent/Caregiver relaxation

Family bonding

Acceptance of child

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