Medical Society awards $9,800 grant to Achieva
July 11, 2017
The Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation has awarded a $9,800 grant to Achieva to train individuals in Infant Massage for Children with Developmental Delays or Disabilities.
Founded 65 years ago, Achieva is built upon a foundation rooted in the passion and dedication of parents who came together to ensure that their children with disabilities had the same chances in life that all children should be given.
Research suggests infant massage can help alleviate symptoms associated with developmental delays. For infants, massage promotes relaxation and helps babies self-regulate calm, which reduces crying; helps normalize muscle tone; improves midline orientation; improves sensory and body awareness; and enhances neurological development. For parents and caregivers, it teaches them to read their infants’ cues and recognize their states of awareness; encourages pre-verbal communication between caregiver infant; and provides essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding.
“Achieva is thrilled and honored to receive this grant from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation. These funds will allow us to provide infant massage training for our Early Intervention therapists working with children with developmental delays or disabilities. Our therapists will become equipped to teach families these techniques to help alleviate some symptoms associated with developmental delays and help parents feel more confident and competent in caring for their children,” said Sharon Richards, vice-president, Achieva Early Intervention.
The ACMS Foundation mission statement is “ACMS Foundation grants will support home and community environments that nurture and develop healthy children and families for a healthy Allegheny County.”