Study of Qigong Massage on Elementary School-Age Children with Autism Shows Promising Results
By Mark Schalock and Louisa Silva
Several randomized control trials conducted by a team of medical professionals and The Research Institute staff with preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have found that a “tactile stimulation protocol,” Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) massage for autism, has been successful in normalizing responses to touch and decreasing the severity of autism. For example, by the end of two years of treatment touch had normalized by 73% and overall severity of autism has been reduced by 44% in children ages 3-5.
This study, for the first time, seeks to determine whether the massage protocol is also effective with older children, ages 6-11.