“Touch is the first sense to develop in humans. It is essential to our health and wellbeing.
Babies have been known to fail to thrive and even die without an adequate amount
of physical contact. Adults, as well, can become depressed and ill if they are isolated
from this most basic of human needs. Children who learn healthy views of touch and are
provided with positive tactile experience by their caregivers are more likely to grow up
to be adults with healthy self-esteem, a sense of appropriate boundaries and long-lasting