Qigong Sensory Training is a research-based, parent-delivered massage that helps children with autism and sensory integration disorders. The evidence shows that children who receive the massage 15 minutes a day from their parents over a 5 month period demonstrate:
- improvement in mood (fewer tantrums, lessened anxiety)
- lessened sensitivity to touch
- greater ease with transitions
- improved in sleep
- improved digestion
Parental stress also declines significantly over the treatment period.
Parents can be supported by a trained QST therapist, who delivers the massage 1-2 times a week over part of the treatment period (for more about the treatment approach see Dual Treatment). For children with severe autism, support from a trained therapist is recommended.
Dr. Louisa Silva, the leader researcher of QST, has published 14 research studies on QST over a 12 year period.
The videos below summarize the research completed as of 2011. Read more on the research.
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