|18/11/17||AGM and Study Day||London|
Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (TBC)
Venue: NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
Cost: £65 per delegate including lunch and refreshments / £45 Spec CIMIs/Regional Reps
BUILDING RESILIENCE: WHY TOUCH IS SO IMPORTANT
By Suzanne Zeedyk
Touch is the most important sensory system for newborn babies. That means that it is touch that gives babies their earliest messages about how safe the world is and how responsive people are. These lessons get built into babies’ brains and bodies. This Study Day will explore what science is learning about the power of touch and why it is so important for nurturing resilience - and how this information affirms the key principles of infant massage. We will also reflect on what is happening to British society, as more infants spend time in professional childcare settings, where staff can be anxious about cuddling babies too much, due to beliefs about child protection policies. We will think through how we best promote touch policies, and how we bring this awareness to policymakers, practioners and parents alike.
ABOUT SUZANNE ZEEDYK
Dr Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ inborn capacity to communicate. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, within the School of Psychology. In 2011, she set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends much of her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She is able to bring to this her research expertise on topics including parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the socio-political contexts that frame our responses to scientific information. She works closely with organisations throughout the world to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.
Please note that due to high demand numbers will be limited.