QST Autism Parent Resources

Books, DVD’s and Evaluation Tools

Handbook and DVD for Parents

QSTI offers a QST parent training manual and DVD and a workbook for parents to learn the massage and continue the program for the first year.  These are available at our store.

Autism Assessment and Evaluation Tools 

We have created additional tools to measure QST massage outcomes in young children with autism.  It is useful to do them before starting the massage, and then every six months until scores are normal.  They will help you to know when your child has received maximum benefit. These tools are free of charge.

The Sense and Self-Regulation Checklist is a measure of severity of sensory symptoms and self-regulatory difficulties in young children with autism. It evaluates difficulties with self-regulation in the areas of sleep, digestion, self-soothing, attention and behavior.  The SSC is a good measure of the degree to which sensory and self-regulatory difficulties contribute to autism severity. This is the contribution that is directly helped by the massage. Click here to view the research.

The Autism Touch and Self-Regulation Checklist is the most recent upgrade of the Sense and Self-Regulation Checklist.

The Autism Parenting Stress Index is a measure of parenting stress, i.e. how difficult it is to parent effectively in light of the physical, social and communication barriers imposed by autism. Research shows that parents of children with autism report 4x the parenting stress of typical parents and 2x the parenting stress of parents of children with other disabilities.  Click here to view the study.

The Bunse Developmental Checklist is a checklist of developmental skills, with emphasis on developmental skills that are missing in autism.  It is a useful way to measure catch-up development with QST massage.

QST, Diet, and Toxic Load. The concept of toxic load is important for parents caring for children with autism. Children with autism are not just immature developmentally; many have immature digestive and detoxification systems as well. Just as infants are more vulnerable to toxins, so are children with autism.

Qigong Massage Videos

Please see our YouTube channel to watch videos about QST massage therapy for children with autism.​

A Different Sense of Touch: Autism and Qigong Massage. (2014).
(6 minutes). This video explains the importance of touch to children with autism, and what happens when parents give their children QST massage. The results of the most up-to-date research are presented.

Qigong Moments. (2009). (4 minutes). This video has many short clips of children receiving QST massage from parents and therapists. It shows some of the positive shared moments that happen with massage.

Qigong Song

The Qigong Song written by Peter Alsop © 2016, Moose School Music (BMI). Peter wrote this song for children who are receiving the massage.  There are two versions: one with only Peter’s voice, and another where Peter is accompanied by children. You can listen to them below or download them here.

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Qigong Sensory Training Institute (QSTI) is a nonprofit organization that developed and teaches Qigong Sensory Therapy (QST) to parents and professionals. Only organizations and individuals certified by QSTI are qualified to teach QST or offer QST services. See the list of Certified Trainers here.