Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D. is one of the leading experts in the country on infant massage, communication and parenting. She is the author of Massaging Your Baby- The Joy of TouchTime™ - Effective Techniques for a Healthier, Happier, More Relaxed Child & Parent, published by Square One Publishers. This book has been widely received by parents, grandparents, caregivers, nurses, educators, and other professionals. She is the co-author of Pictures Please (Harcourt Brace) and her articles are published in professional and popular journals and magazines, and have been referenced in textbooks and infant massage books.
Dr. Elaine is a faculty member and Field Associate at Nova Southeastern University, and a faculty member of California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley campus. She began TouchTime™ in 2004 so that she could bring to caregivers the importance of touch and the benefits that touch can provide for infants and children and those who care for them. She has a vision of offering trainings around the world so that infant massage will become as commonplace as changing a diaper or burping a baby after being fed.
Her TouchTime™ philosophy is highly received. She is an invited speaker to major conferences and has presented to organizations such as Zero to Three, United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Head Start, Early Head Start, The International Association of Infant Massage, The Infant Development Association of California, school districts, preschools and hospitals, throughout the country and world.
Dr. Elaine appeared on Fox 11 News on “Good Day LA,” highlighting Good Beginnings with the First 5 LA project and was named a Champion of Children. She was featured on The Learning Channel’s national cable television program, “A Slice of Life”, and the State of California recognized her efforts of using massage with infants and toddlers with special needs depicting Dr. Schneider in the Department of Developmental Disabilities Services public service announcement.
Some of the magazines that have featured Dr. Schneider include Parents Magazine, Massage Magazine, Child, Let’s Live, ASHA Leader and Zero to Three.
Dr. Elaine is the longest sitting member appointed by California’s governor representing service providers for the State of California’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. She is also a trainer and a consultant for the State of California Office of Education, and WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, and a disaster counselor for the Red Cross.
TouchTime™ is aimed at Growing healthy relationships…one touch at a time. The TouchTime™ trainings provided by Dr. Elaine have met the varied needs of healthcare educators, teachers, home visitors, early interventionists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, parents, caregivers, and other childcare providers.
Participants leave the trainings remarking how much they have changed because of the way that Dr. Elaine provides guidance and nurturance to them, giving them the opportunity to experience stress-free moments in their usual hectic daily living pace.
Dr. Elaine is married and a mother, she resides in Southern California.