MAR 99] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
University Launches Massage Programme For Local ChildrenCoventry University's
Psychosocial Rheumatology Research Centre has received a grant of £60,000 from an
anonymous donor, to develop a massage programme for children with disabilities, in
partnership with the City's Tiny Tim Centre.
The programme, which begins in April, aims to train parents
of local children with disabilities, predominantly cerebral palsy, at the Tiny Tim Centre,
Whitefriars Street, Coventry.
Director of the Research Centre, Professor Julie Barlow,
"The massage training programme, developed here at the
Centre by Lesley Cullen, will help promote and cultivate the natural bond between parent
and child that can often be disrupted by disability.
"When a child is in hospital, in an incubator or
surrounded by tubes, equipment and healthcare professionals, the parents can feel squeezed
out and are often unable to make the necessary physical contact due to treatment being
delivered. The massage programme initially aimed at children aged five and under, will
help parents establish the physical link and bond with their child", adds Professor
Children with disabilities also often experience muscular
problems which can lead to sleep disturbance. An effective programme of massage can help
provide parents and children alike with a good night's sleep.
Professor Barlow and her team will monitor parents'
confidence and feelings throughout the programme, and whether they are better able to
manage as a result.
The programme is being put together with Stan Duncombe,
founder of the Tiny Tim Centre and a member of the London and Counties Society of
"Another important aspect of the programme is that it
will bring together parents with similar problems and provide them with a support network.
It is also hoped that a parent and toddler group will be formed, integrating disabled and
able-bodied children", concludes Professor Barlow.
For further details or to book a place on the massage
programme for children with disabilities call 01203 838051.
Cyrrhian Macrae or Floyd Jebson 01203 838352