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Working with Young People and Children in North Devon.

Touch is the first sense that we develop it seems – it is easy to see why it might be a very important way of working with young people and children.  This can be for many and varied reasons. Young people and children may express their worries or anxieties (whatever the cause) through their behaviour because not having a framework to express or comprehend feelings can be a strange and isolating place to be – birth may have been difficult; school may be stressful; family life equally so; relationships with others is difficult; expressing emotions may be hard; sleep may be affected or frightening; being perceived as a ‘difficult’ or ‘different’ child doesn’t make sense; a lack of freedom to explore and so on – touch and movement may offer a way to explore and listen differently.