WHAT IS FIRSTPLAY®?

FirstPlay® is a nurturing and joyful way to play with your baby using storytelling and gentle touch.

Nurturing and joyful play help form and strengthen the bond between you and your baby and support your baby’s healthy growth and brain development.

 

IS FIRSTPLAY® GOOD FOR MY BABY?

FirstPlay® is great for any newborn.

It is particularly effective if you feel like you are having a hard time bonding with your baby, lack confidence in yourself as a “nurturer”, have a premature infant, are an adoptive parent, or struggle with depression and anxiety.

Babies participating in the FirstPlay® classes must be at least one month old and not yet crawling.

FirstPlay®:

Promotes your baby’s mental health

Boosts your baby’s brain potential

Helps you and your baby bond

Teaches caring and respectful touch

Teaches safe personal bodily boundaries

Teaches methods of calming and relaxation

Helps reduce anxiety, sadness, and aggression

Increases the JOY and well-being in the relationship with your baby

Encourages focus, cooperation, and attention

Promotes literacy and language development

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A FIRSTPLAY® CLASS?

Our FirstPlay® classes are for babies at least one month old and not yet crawling (and their parents)

 

Each series consists of 3 or 4 consecutive weeks of FirstPlay® classes, where you will learn and practice FirstPlay® under the guidance of a Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner who will lead you step by step, alongside you and your baby, using a doll as a guide.

 

You will learn a new way to play with your baby, telling the specially crafted Baby Tree Hug Story© with gentle and loving touch.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND A FIRSTPLAY® CLASS?

The Children’s Healing Institute is offering FirstPlay® classes, free of charge, at the following locations throughout Palm Beach County:

 

Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, 1:00pm                                                

 

            3-class series starts on November 3

            4-class series starts on January 5

 

St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach, 10:30 am                                                            

 

            3-class series starts on December 15

            4-class series starts on January 5

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

Attendance is free, and preregistration is required.  Space is limited to a maximum of six babies and their parent(s) in each class.

 

Simply complete the online registration form below, or call 561-687-8115 x1003 to reserve your space in class.