Sensory Massage

Sensory Massage Resources

  • Have to share- this is the second time now that Quinn has walked with me after a Wednesday session with you. And by walked, I mean he was walking ON THE SIDEWALK, walking at a controlled and appropriate speed, focused on what was going on, was talking to me conversationally as we walked, and was genuinely enjoying himself. As you can see from the video, he even cautioned me when he heard a loud truck coming. Totally in tune. No bolting, no disorganized behavior. This is how I know qigong is working!!
  • Just came back from the dentist with both kids. Mad did GREAT!  He let them clean his teeth and do the entire dental exam.  So incredible!
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  • “Honestly, it was a little strange at first. It was something a little different, unconventional, but we wanted to make a difference in our son’s life and we were willing to try anything. And we are very glad that we did. It has made a huge difference and meant a lot to us.”
  • “I had some doubts at first. It was a long drive, and of course, a non-traditional approach. It wasn’t until about a month in that he became potty trained and started sleeping through the night, that I was sure.”
  • “It was really nice. It’s nice to have someone to talk to – good and bad, being able to share how our days are going and things that are a problem. It’s really good to have someone that listens and tries to help.”
  • “One thing is that it relaxes them. It starts a whole routine for the evening and he knows it. It’s relaxing and it’s a way for him and me to bond too, especially if it’s been busy during the day and we haven’t had much time.”
  • “The massage is a fun thing for mommy and son to do together every night… to just relax together. We both enjoyed it. It was really fun.”
  • “At first it was hard trying to figure out the time of day we were going to do the massage and just to make sure that one of us didn’t forget to do it. Once we picked out a time of day to do it, there was no missing it – he asks for it.”
Different children had different experiences, of course. Some gained in language or motor skills. Others started sleeping better and had fewer tantrums or were less aggressive with others. Some experienced better bowel control and began to be potty trained. Some started to play more creatively and imaginatively with toys and other children. Each child had his or her own unique experience. However, many families talked about three kinds of changes that most children experienced, including: (1) Being calmer; (2) Connecting with others more; and (3) Being ‘clearer.’

  • “It’s made a different connection between him, me, and his father. Before he had a kind of broken connection with his father and it’s just a lot better now. He can communicate with his father now.”
  • “Overall, he is calmer and more focused. His teachers are describing him as not having a fog around him and I see that too.”
  • “The biggie is that something has cleared for her. I don’t know what the right word is, but some fog has lifted so that she’s able to focus better on what’s going on around her.”
  • “I think it helped to integrate him as a whole human being rather than as a scattered collection of organs that weren’t working together very well.”

For more information please visit Qigong Sensory Training Institute



The following are links to our published autism studies:

Early intervention with a parent-delivered massage protocol directed at tactile abnormalities decreases severity of autism and improves child-to-parent interactions: a replication study. Silva, L., Schalock, M., Gabrielsen, K., Budden, S., Buenrostro, M., and Horton, G. (2015). Autism Research and Treatment, Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 904585, 16 pages, Full Text

Treatment of Tactile Impairment in Young Children with Autism: Results with Qigong Massage. Silva, L. Schalock, M. (2013). International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 6(4):12-20.  Abstract   Full Text

Prevalence and Significance of Abnormal Tactile Responses in Young Children with Autism. Silva, L. Schalock, M. (2013). North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 6(3):121-127.  Abstract Full Text Alternative Support for Families with Autistic Children in Lithuania. Silva, L., Vaicekauskaite, R., & Aciene, E. (2012). Tiltai/Bridges, 2(59):125-132. Full Text

Early Intervention for Autism with a Parent-delivered Qigong Massage Program:  A Randomized Controlled Trial. Silva, L., Schalock, M. & Gabrielsen, K. (2011). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(5):550-559.   Abstract   Full Text

Qigong Massage Treatment for Sensory and Self-Regulation Problems in Young Children with Autism:  A Randomized Controlled Trial . Silva, L., Schalock, M., Ayres, R., Bunse, C., & Budden, S. (2009).  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 423-432.   Abstract   Full Text

A Model and Treatment for Autism at the Convergence of Chinese Medicine and Neuroscience: First 130 Cases. Silva, L., Ayres, R., & Schalock, M. (2011). Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, 17(6):421-429.   Abstract   Full Text

Autism Parenting Stress Index:  Initial Psychometric Evidence. Silva, L. & Schalock, M. (2011). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder. Abstract   Full Text

Sense and Self-Regulation Checklist, a Measure of Comorbid Autism Symptoms:  Initial Psychometric Evidence. Silva, L. & Schalock, M. (2012). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(2):177-186.   Abstract   Full Text

Outcomes of a Pilot Training Program in a Qigong Massage Intervention for Young Children with Autism Silva, L., Ayres, R., & Schalock, M. (September/October 2008). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(5), 530-538.   Abstract   Full Text

“Willing to Try Anything,” “Nothing to Lose”: How Families Experience and Explain an Alternative Treatment for Autism. Ferguson, D. & Silva, L.M.T. (2008). Teaching Research Institute Publications.   Link:

Improvement in Sensory Impairment and Social Interaction in Young Children with Autism following Treatment with an Original Qigong Massage Methodology
Silva, L., Cignolini A., Warren, R., Skowron-Gooch, A., & Budden, S. (2007). American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 35(3), 393-406.
Abstract   Full Text

A Medical Qigong Methodology for Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder . Silva, L. & Cignolini, A. (2005).  American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 33(2), 315-27.   Abstract   Full Text