November 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Social work professor Marva Lewis has always felt that hair brushing can be used as a tool to connect mothers and daughters, and now, her Early Connections Project is teaming up with the Tulane Medical Center to teach its hair-brushing program to the community.
Lewis says the intervention will help parents develop a healthy attachment with their child while also building confidence in caring for their hospitalized child.The project has gathered support from the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. The group donated 25 copies of four different books including “I Love My Hair” by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley.
The donated books will help the project foster parent-child attachment relationships while simultaneously promoting the literacy behaviors of the mothers and strengthening community connections.Amy Loewy of the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association said the project was easy to support due to its unique structure and how it promotes reading between children and adults.
Joseph Halm is marketing/communications coordinator for the Tulane School of Social Work.
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