Title: Improvement in Sensory Impairment and Social Interaction in Young Children with Autism Following Treatment with an Original Qigong Massage Methodology
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, Jul 5, 2007
Title:Improvement in Sensory Impairment and Social
Interaction in Young Children with Autism Following Treatment with an
Original Qigong Massage Methodology
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 3
(2007) 393-406 Copyright:
World Scientific Publishing Company & Institute for
Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine Author(s):Louisa M. T.
Silva Correspondence to: Dr. Louisa Silva, P.O. Box
688, Salem OR 97308, USA.
Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University, P.O. Box 688,
Salem, OR 97308, USA
Chinese Acupuncture for Physicians, Via Lombardia,
16, 90144 Palermo, Italy
Salem Keizer Schools, 433 Boice St. S., Salem, OR
Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital, 2801 N.
Gantenbein, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Willamette Educational Service District, 2611 Pringle
Rd. SE., Salem, OR 97302, USA Abstract:
In clinical research, sensory impairment is considered one
of the core deficits in autism and is associated with impaired
socialization, behavioral disturbances and bowel and sleep problems. The
effectiveness of the Cignolini methodology, an original Qigong massage
methodology, in treating sensory impairment in young children with autism
was evaluated in a small, controlled study. Thirteen children with autism
between the ages of three and six received daily treatment according to
the methodology for 5 months. Compared with untreated children, treated
children experienced significant improvement of their sensory impairment
(p < 0.01), and demonstrated increased social skills (p < 0.04) and
basic living skills (p < 0.02) on standardized measures. In addition,
all of the children with bowel and sleep abnormalities demonstrated
improvement after treatment.
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