Used in context and with empathy, touch supports the development of our natural interactions with people. Choice Support’s Dr Thomas Doukas (Head of Inclusive Research & Involvement) and Leonie Elliott-Graves (Researcher) from Goldsmiths University, London, have collaborated in an exciting research project. Their research is all about using touch safely and creatively with people with learning disabilities, and those with profound and multiple needs.
The research was conducted in order to explore and develop communication and safe touch skills. Also to determine in which circumstances touch is necessary, beneficial and desirable or when it is inappropriate and challenging. A set of free guidelines was developed to increase awareness of the benefits of touch. These guidelines explore new and creative ways of using touch to foster communication, support care and develop strong relationships.
A research article has been published in PMLD Link Journal. To access this article you need to subscribe here.