Occupational Therapy

Lynette Byarm Lecture Series

The Lynette Byarm Fellowship Lecture Series was established in memory and honor of Lynette Byarm, occupational therapy manager, for her dedication to collaborative, interdisciplinary, family-centered care for patients, and for her enthusiasm towards the education of others.

April 30, 2014

Therapeutic Massage for Infants

Join us for the next presentation in the Lynette Byarm Lecture Series from the Occupational Therapy Department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 30, 2014, in Room 123-ABC, First Floor, Abramson Pediatric Research Center, located on CHOP's Main Campus (34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104). Parking is available at the Wood Center Garage.

The cost is $70 for professional therapists; $50 each for groups of five professional therapists or more; $20 for students; and $10 for caregivers. Light dinner is included. (Note: AOTA credit is only available for professionals). The deadline for registration is April 23, 2014.

Register using the form below.

Therapeutic Massage for Infants will offer occupational, physical and speech therapists information about:


Janette Milano, OTR/L, CIMI; Lydia Rawlins, MEd, OTR/L; Sally Schneider, MS, OTR/L; and Erin Smith, OTR/L, CBIS, CEIM, from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia  

Objectives include:

  1. List neuromuscular and neurovascular benefits of massage
  2. List indications of massage readiness with an infant, such as precautions, behavior state and timing
  3. Name materials required and environmental considerations before initiating massage
  4. Verbalize stress signals in the infants and reasons to discontinue massage
  5. Demonstrate five basic massage strokes on a doll

Please note: This is NOT an infant massage certification course. It is an opportunity to explore various massage techniques as possible adjunct intervention approaches for the treatment of infants and young children. Courses to attain certification as an Infant Massage Instructor can be found on the Internet.

CHOP is an approved provider (#4878) of continuing education by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA). Three contact hours or 0.3 AOTA CEUs will be awarded to professional therapist participants at the completion of the program. Assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Additional information

For more information, contact Heather Ruthrauff, MS, OTR/L, clinical practice coordinator, at 215-590-2434 or by email

Reviewed by: Occupational Therapy team
Date: March 2014

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