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Tickle therapy for inducing giggles and laughter is equally good for children with special needs
It is unfortunate that today's parenting and pre-primary education do not make badies and pre-schoolers giggle and laugh. Even on the World Laughter Day, no activities are done with them and for them.

I had written on Slideshare that loving human touch is a powerful thing for a baby or child up to an age of five since it provides emotional responses with smile, giggle or laughter.

"Child specialists, child therapists, mothers of special children, nursery teachers, and parents, and care givers must learn to become reasonable tickle therapists by learning and systematically applying tickle jabs and stokes with fingers or by moving a feather on feet, hands, nose tip or around the lips," I had advised in the blog.

The babies need to be tickled with special rhymes since tickle touch is an integral part of human development in early childhood and development of child as a happy individual. 

At homes, tickle helps in parent-child bonding, while pre-school teachers use three or four tickle rhymes in the beginning of schooling to build vocabulary with bonding with laughter and giggle.

It needs to be noted that neuro-science has found that the affectionate physical touch activates the parts of your brain linked to feelings and case studies have also backed it up. Compassionate and platonic touch to children at homes and pre-schools encourages children's learning and makes children sociable.

Tickle therapy can be used for children with special needs. When tickle and movement therapy combined in early years when done procedurally and correctly, it activates nerve endings that serve good feel delivery system. When nerve endings of hands, feet, arm pits, throat and belly sides are lightly stimulated or gentle touch by another person's fingers or by a feather.

Furthermore, neuro-scientists the  brain response to tickling through the use of functional MRI studies and suggest tickle aids emotional health and fosters affectionate relationships and better cognitive development.

Tickle therapy as a science has standardized fingers jabs and strokes that cater to individuals needs. For example, if one is already very ticklish and squirmy, it's preferable to opt for a tickle-technique with more pressure, inform therapists.

In one experiment at Disha in Jaipur with an autistic child, his assisted pincer grasp exercise when linked to simultaneous tickle by an occupational therapists and a few interns made him provide the coordinated response with about 10 minutes therapeutic exercise daily with home support for six days led to strengthened grasp.

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