Research-proven Autism Treatment: it works

Tools and Training to Treat Autsim

Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) massage is a proven, touch-based autism treatment for children that parents perform for 15 minutes each day for up to two years to normalize sensory issues and reduce or eliminate symptoms of autism. Results are apparent after as few as 30 days of treatment. QST massage for autism is unique among autism treatments because it grants children access to normal development, helps them feel comfortable and connected to others, and improves lifetime outcomes.

How QST massage for Autism works

Research shows that children with autism have early loss of child-to-parent bonding, as well as loss of the ability to feel pleasure and reassurance with parent touch. Instead they near-universally reject, avoid, or fail to notice touch. Without the ability to enjoy touch and close physical contact, children aren't socially receptive and can't be soothed by parent touch. Before long, social delay and abnormal behavior are evident.

Research shows that pleasure and bonding with gentle touch are mediated by tiny sensory nerves in the skin, and when these nerves are damaged, children lose pleasure and bonding with touch. Fortunately, the damage is reversible, and treatment with QST massage for autism returns the sense of touch to normal. This improves bonding, stimulates social development and eliminates autistic behavior.

To read more about why touch is important in autism, click here.

QST massage research

Dr. Louisa Silva is the lead researcher for QST massage and founder of QSTI. She hypothesized that if autism develops because of loss of touch, then restoring touch with QST massage should reduce autism. In 15 studies in young children with autism, she showed that treatment with QST massage decreased the severity of all aspects of autism.

After five months of treatment:

  • Sensory problems improved by 38%; touch improved by 49%
  • Autistic behavior decreased by 32%;
  • Social skills increased and children were more affectionate 
  • Receptive language increased
  • Parenting stress decreased by 44%

After two years of treatment: 

  • There was 100% recovery of the sense of touch
  • The average decrease of autism severity was 44%
  • Over 50% of high-functioning children moved off the spectrum