QST Massage for Children with Down syndrome
"We believe in safe, proven therapy for children with Down syndrome that can be given by parents at home. We believe in high quality training for parents that is accessible and affordable. We offer both." - Dr. Louisa Silva and the trainers at QSTI
The Problem: Children with Down syndrome are slow to learn and develop. The extra chromosome creates extra work and confusion in each cell. As a result, children lack the energy they need for optimum learning. This is especially critical in the early years when the brain is developing.
The Question: What can be done to optimize children's energy and ability to learn?
The Solution: For thousands of years in the East, qigong massage has been used to increase energy and improve health in many different conditions. Modern scientific research evaluating a daily parent-delivered qigong massage program has shown positive impacts on learning and development in children with disabilities. Now a program has been developed especially for children with Down syndrome.
A Home Program to Improve the Health of Your Child with Down Syndrome
The QST home program for children with Down syndrome draws from the latest in Chinese and Western medicine. The backbone of the program is a daily 15-minute qigong massage protocol known as QST massage for Down syndrome. The therapy is given by the parent, usually before bedtime. The home program also includes a diet to improve your child's digestion, and an energy management plan that alternates activities with rest periods in order to optimize learning and brain development. Research in children under aged 4 showed improved results in speech and motor development. We recommend the program be started as early in life as possible, and be continued for at least 1-2 years.
How Can Parents Learn the Home Program?
We have developed two options for parents. One is to purchase our self-study parent training handbook and video guide:: The Little Chinese Medicine Book for Children with Down Syndrome .
To purchase the book and DVD, click here. To purchase as a digital download, click here. The book contains easy step-by-step instructions for parents in the massage, as well as clear instructions for the rest of the program.
The second option is to take our online course for parents. This 14 week course will provide weekly readings, discussion and every other weekly one-on-one training and supervision with a Master Trainer via Skype. To learn more about the class and register, click here.
Improved Speech Following Parent-delivered Qigong Massage in Young Children with Down Syndrome: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Silva, L. & Schalock, M., Williams, M. (2013). Early Child Development and Care. Read here.
Qigong Massage for Motor Skills in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Silva, L., Schalock, M., Garberg, J., & Lammers Smith, C. (2012). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(3):348-55. Read here.
The Little Chinese Medicine Book for Children with Down Syndrome
This book/DVD package is a training guide for parents of children with Down syndrome to implement a diet and home massage program that is based on Chinese medicine. The program has been shown in research studies to improve the health and development of young children with Down syndrome. The book and DVD give easy, step-by-step, detailed instructions for parents to use with their children.
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Little Chinese Medicine Book for Children with Down Syndrome - eBook
This book is a training guide for parents of children with Down syndrome to implement a diet and home massage program that is based on Chinese medicine. The program has been shown in research studies to improve the health and development of young children with Down syndrome. The book gives easy, step-by-step, detailed instructions for parents to use with their children. Note: This digital download also includes a companion video. Please allow additional time for downloading this file.