Qigong message in treatment of children with autism
- Title: Improvement in Sensory Impairment and Social Interaction in Young Children with Autism Following Treatment with an Original Qigong Massage Methodology
DOI No: doi:10.1142/S0192415X07004916
Source: 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 97302, USA
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.
Keywords: Autism; Sensory Impairment; Qigong Massage; Impaired Social Development; Cignolini Methodology