Touching Children in the Classroom: Why No-Touch Policies Are Harmful

Rae Pica with Frances M. Carlson, M.A.Ed. and Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D.

Many teachers fear touching children and many schools have no-touch policies. Our guests say that children need to be touched. In fact, they assert that low-touch teaching retards children’s development and creates social dysfunctions that can last a lifetime. In this segment we’ll talk about embracing touching in the classrooms, why it’s essential, and the practical issues and risks.

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April 1, 2010
Episode Guests
Frances Carlson, with over 20 years as a child care administrator, is a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department at Chattahoochee Technical College and is adjunct faculty at Mercer University. Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. She primarily teaches graduate students preparing to be early childhood and elementary educators.
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