Dr. Louisa Silva was a compassionate physician who was committed to helping others in need. In 2000, when the son of a dear friend was diagnosed with autism, Dr. Silva became aware of the devastating impact of autism on families and the lack of treatment options. She realized parents needed an effective home program to lessen the severity of the disability.
Dr. Silva searched for solutions for children with autism that are gentle, effective and affordable. She believed that although not all disabilities can be cured, sensory problems can be treated, and parents can be given successful, research-based home programs to lessen the impact of the disability on their child.
As a result of hard work and following her passion, Dr. Silva founded the Qigong Sensory Training Institute in 2008. She published twenty-one scientific studies, seven books, two films, and developed courses for parents and health professionals. She worked with hundreds of families in North America, Asia, Europe, and Palestine. Her passion and dedication has guided the organization to help serve children and families all over the world.
During her time as the director she approached each day with passion, integrity and love. Unfortunately, Dr. Silva passed away peacefully [due to complications with cancer] at her home in Salem, Oregon, surrounded by her family and friends. Dr. Silva’s compassion will never be forgotten and people all over the world will miss her.
QSTI has developed the Dr. Louisa Silva Scholarship foundation to support families in need. The funds will support partial scholarships to help families and therapists receive QST training. Please help us continue Dr. Silva’s passion and donate to the Dr. Louisa Silva scholarship foundation.