Tools and Training for Parents and Therapists to Treat Autism
Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) massage is a soothing, touch-based autism treatment for children that parents perform for 15 minutes each day for up to two years to normalize sensory issues and reduce or eliminate symptoms of autism. Results are apparent after as few as 30 days of treatment. QST massage for autism is unique among autism treatments because it grants children access to more normal development, helps them feel more comfortable and connected to others, and contributes to improving lifetime outcomes.
How QST Massage for Autism Works
Autism is known to involve severe sensory symptoms that include unusual loss of normal touch responses in the skin. Almost all children with autism lack the ability to feel pleasure and bonding with gentle touch. Instead they near-universally reject, avoid, or fail to notice gentle touch. Until recently, we have not known why. Now, new research is helping to solve the puzzle.
Pleasure and bonding with touch are mediated by tiny sensory nerve fibers in the skin called C fibers. Until recently, these fibers have not been evaluated in children with autism. Now, the first skin biopsies lend support to the studies providing evidence of loss of pleasure with soothing, bonding touch in autism. And because of the importance of this kind of normal parent touch to early development, the research suggests a solution for autism. If autism develops because of loss of normal touch, then restoring normal touch should improve autism. This is exactly what the research on QST massage for autism shows.
To read more about why touch in autism, click here.
The QST Massage Research
In 15 studies conducted in pre-school children since 2005, five months of QST massage has been shown to deliver positive results in multiple areas:
QST Massage for Autism is a Breakthrough
The Qigong Sensory Treatment massage program developed at QSTI, based on practices used in the East for thousands of years, has successfully treated more than a thousand children in the United States since 2003. It is a breakthrough treatment for autism in three ways::
For parents starting the massage, we recommend a Parent Essentials Package that includes three products at a reduced price. The package includes the parent training book Qigong Massage for Your Child with Autism and the parent workbook My Child's First Year of QST Massage. The book and online materials will teach you what you need to know to begin the massage and the workbook will support you during your first year. We also recommend a social storybook to prepare your child for the massage. For verbal children, we recommend Qigong at Home. For non-verbal children, we recommend My Qigong Book.
For parents who have started the QST Massage with their child and would like assistance or feedback, we offer one on one video coaching.
Some of these resources are available in other languages. Dutch, French, and Chinese translations of the Qigong Massage book are in process.