Certified Infant Massage Coach

Learn an evidence-based treatment method to promote neurosensory and sensorimotor development of the premature, newborn, and growing child.

Is This Course Right For You?

 Are You...

An Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapist in NICU, Early Intervention, and Out-Patient settings or a Developmental Therapist, a Special Instructor, or Early Childhood Educator, Pediatric Nurse who...

  • Feels like every infant on their caseload is fussy.
  • Needs a specialized treatment method that parents can easily carryover.
  • Has difficulty treating infants with Torticollis.
  • Overwhelmed progressing infants with feeding, cleft palate, and/or tongue tie release.
  • Desires a simple approach to aid in motor coordination.
  • Hopes to gain a technique to increase engagement with hypersensitive toddlers.
  • Is eager to learn a skill to promote the parent-infant/child connection.

What You Will Learn

Benefits of Certification

  • Ability to implement immediately. Your trainer is a fellow therapist and has done the "leg work," so you don't have to!
  • Increase parent ​carryover of ​home programs
  • Implement a ​specific protocol ​to ease gas, colic, ​and constipation
  • Provide ​additional ​services to your ​clinic or practice
  • Promote wellness ​and bonding ​between your ​patient and their ​family members
  • Improve sensory ​integration, so your ​patient can engage ​in more therapeutic ​activities
  • Effortlessly create a ​treatment session ​that nurtures your ​patient's ​development
  • Earn continuing education credit (CEUs)!
  • Gain access to custom handouts and video demonstrations that you can use in your treatment sessions.


Is this course approved for continuing education?
This course is approved for 1.4 AOTA CEUs, 1.35 ASHA CEUs, and 14.0 contact hours by multiple PT state boards including FL, IL, NY, NJ, PA, TX, and WV.

Contact Laura at with any questions concerning contact hour approval.
Are there any prerequisites required for taking this course?
No. This is an introductory level course.
How is this course taught?
This course is taught in both LIVE and VIRTUAL formats and uses discussion, PowerPoint, video, and demonstration/return-demonstration teaching methods.

For the Interactive Distance Learning (virtual) format, you will receive a zoom link by email approximately one week prior to the course date.
What is required for completion of this course?
You must attend both days in their entirety, meet all learning objectives, and pass a test 80% accuracy. (For the distance learning option, you must have a computer with video capabilities.)
What are the times for this course?
Day 1: 8:30am - 4:00pm EST - (Lunch is on your own from 12 pm - 1:00 pm)

Day 2: 8:30am - 3:30pm EST - (Please bring your lunch for our working lunch)
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation Policy - Provider: The CE administrator/trainer shall make every attempt to contact registered learners via email and/or phone to notify of course cancellation. If the course is canceled due to the trainer, the following will be offered to the learner: full refund to learner OR apply registration fee to future course.

Cancellation Policy - Learner: For a full refund of course registration fees, the learner shall provide written request to cancel registration no less than 30 days prior to course date. For cancellations less than 30 days in advance, a 50% refund will be provided OR the learner can choose to utilize funds toward a future course date.

All refunds to be processed through the Teachable secure payment site.
How can I make special needs/accessibility requests?
If you need special accommodations, please email
How can I contact the provider with any questions or complaints?
You can email the provider at

**Any complaint must be submitted within 3 months of course completion.
When is the deadline for course registration?
The deadline for course enrollment is one week prior to the course start date.

Courses have limited seats in order to provide individual attention to each student, and registration will close once capacity has been reached.

You are encouraged to register early.

What Students Say...

"Gave me tools that I will be able to use immediately. Families will feel empowered having this as a way to help their child."

- Michelle L, PT.

"Laura was very encouraging and positive during the 2-day training, and I felt comfortable to ask questions."

- Brittany, OTR/L
(York, PA)

"I liked that the instructor made the class engaging, interactive, personal, and calm."

-Sarah W.
(Pittsburgh, PA)

"Laura was very engaging, easy to follow, approachable and passionate. Great teacher!"

-Kelly, SLP
(Lexington, KY)

"Laura has a wealth of experience. She presents in a relaxed, friendly manner where it is easy to learn. Her families she serves are so very blessed to have her!"

-Elaine C.
(Pittsburgh, PA)

"Really fun class and great instructor!"

-Cara, COTA/L
(Memphis, TN)

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the historical significance of infant massage.
  • Paraphrase the on-going research of infant massage and its evidence-based practice.
  • Identify and explain basic concepts of brain development.
  • Explain and discuss the development of the sensory systems, and the role of touch on human development.
  • Identify and explain environmental considerations prior to initiating massage.
  • Describe and identify baby's states and cues.
  • Summarize the general principles and benefits of infant massage.
  • Correctly return demonstration of Infant Massage Strokes, adjustment of strokes for premature infants, toddler, and growing child.
  • Define and describe the signs and symptoms of colic.
  • Return demonstration of the Colic and Gas Routine and Baby Yoga movements.
  • Discuss the use of infant massage strokes and application.
  • Demonstrate massage strokes verbally and physically to the class as a means of instruction simulation.
  • Identify various pediatric emotional and physical impairments and describe how to adapt an infant massage routine.
  • Identify key aspects of an infant massage private or group session. Recall information related to all focus areas of the Certified Infant Massage Coach class.

Laura R. Barnhart, OTR/L, CNT, CIIT, is a practicing Occupational Therapist and Certified Neonatal Therapist with over 20 years of experience in home health, out-patient and NICU settings. Her ongoing practice allows her stay relevant in the field and contribute to her teaching effectively.

Since 2014, she has traveled and trained pediatric healthcare professionals all over the United States. Additionally, Laura teaches and mentors international students, sharing her expertise and fostering global collaboration in pediatric healthcare. 

Laura prefers to teach in a discussion style format, encouraging professionals to openly ask questions and contribute to the overall learning experience. Her teaching described as "relaxed and friendly," offers real-life, practical examples, creating an evironment where participants feel comfortable engaging and learning actively.

Disclosures -Financial: Laura is employed by Pediatric Theratools and receives an honorarium for this course. Non-Financial: There are no non-financial disclosures to report.

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