Ramnik Ahluwalia is a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) with a Specialization in Pediatric Massage (CPMT) for children with Special Health Care Needs that she completed through the Liddle Kidz Foundation with Tina Allen. She is also a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Reiki Practioner and holds a BA in Child and Youth Care Counseling. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Infant Development Program in Richmond, BC.
Ramnik feels privileged to have a decade of experience working, supporting and providing developmental assessments to infants and children, whom have or are at-risk for Special Needs, due to Cerebral Palsy, vision loss, neurological disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, foster care, neglect and abuse, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Prematurity, and Autism. She has facilitated a number of parent/child classes on Infant Massage, Parent Child Attachment, Positive Approaches to Child Behaviours, and Language Development.
Having been raised with the knowledge of “Eastern” medicine, yoga and the benefits of head, body and foot massages, Ramnik has a passion to pass this knowledge on to others. She is forever grateful to her parents for exposing her to the power of touch during infancy as she was born prematurely and her dad used to do “his technique” of Infant Massage on her.
Based on both her personal and professional experiences with Infant Massage, she is a firm believer that nurturing touch can help children with sensory and regulation challenges, as well as promote parent-child bonding. She has always had a deep love for children and it has been her dream to volunteer in orphanages across the globe to make a difference in children’s lives by providing love, care, and nurturing hands. She is super excited to finally embark on this dream this coming Fall.
Ramnik loves being in the sunshine, having an active lifestyle and spending time with her family, friends and her dog CoCo. She is continuing to expand her knowledge of Eastern modalities, practices yoga, meditations, enjoys running, reading and finds cooking and creating new recipes to be the perfect escape after a busy day!
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
“I believe that my qualifications and experience make me a strong member of this team. Having facilitated many parent/child groups in the past, being an Infant Development Consultant for the past 11 years, having certifications in Reflexology & Reiki, along with having good knowledge about the benefits of relaxation, meditation and yoga; I know that what I can provide to the children, caregivers and the team is going to be beneficial for all.”
Why would you like to participate in this outreach event?
“Receiving the email about this invaluable opportunity to be a part of the volunteer team to Vietnam could not have come at the most opportune time. I am going to be volunteering in various orphanages in India on my own starting in October and was planning on staying there until January 2013. I truly value the opportunity to be a part of a group and provide nurturing touch to children in Vietnam as well as guide their caregivers to do the same, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.
Relevant qualifications and skills:
I am currently the coordinator for the Richmond Infant Development Program and have been in this position for just under two years. Along with managing the day to day operations of the program as well as collaborating with families and community professionals who serve children with or who are at-risk for developmental disabilities. I have maintained a caseload and consulted with families that have children, newborn to age three, with or who are at risk of developmental delays due to prematurity, cerebral palsy, vision loss, neurological disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, foster care, fetal alcohol syndrome along with many other developmental challenges/diagnosis. I have assessed and monitored these children’s development with the Gesell Developmental Assessment tool; the developmental domains include Adaptive Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Language Skills and Personal/Social Skills and have provided play based suggestion to promote their overall development in English and Punjabi for families where English is a second language.
I have served as a liaison between families and the area community resources/professional as well as I have worked closely with various therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists) that are involved with the child. I have coordinated and facilitated a number of groups for families in the Infant Development Program.
Some groups included: Make the Connection birth to one which is a parent-infant group that promotes secure attachment, communication and brain development and Infant Massage for Parents and babies birth to one; I have guided parents through a complete routine for massaging their infant, providing techniques to help ease intestinal disorders, promote well being in premature infants and children with special needs along with how to positively influence their child’s development with the use of touch and relaxation techniques.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Global Ambassador!