Louisa M. T. Silva, Mark Schalock, Kristen Gabrielsen; Early Intervention for Autism With a Parent-Delivered Qigong Massage Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Occup Ther 2011;65(5):550–559. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2011.000661
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A recent randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a dual parent and trainer-delivered qigong massage intervention for young children with autism resulted in improvement of measures of autism as well as improvement of abnormal sensory responses and self-regulation. The RCT evaluated the effects of the parent-delivered component of the intervention. Forty-seven children were randomly assigned to treatment and wait-list control groups. Treatment group children received the parent-delivered program for 4 mo. Trained therapists provided parent training and support. Improvement was evaluated in two settings—preschool and home—by teachers (blind to group) and parents. Results showed that the parent-delivered program was effective in improving measures of autism (medium effect size) and sensory and self-regulatory responses (large effect size). Teacher data on measures of autism were confirmed by parent data. Results indicate that the parent-delivered component of the program provided effective early intervention for autism that was suitable for delivery at home.
Do children receiving the QST Home Program improve in the classroom setting on measures of autistic behavior as evaluated by preschool teachers blind to group? Do they improve in the home setting on measures of autism and sensory and self-regulation as reported by their parents?
Do children in the Home Program and the Dual Program experience equivalent outcomes on measures of autism and sensory and self-regulation?
Are there differences in outcomes between the Dual and Home Program interventions relative to the severity of autism and the severity of parent stress?
Movements 1, 2, 3: Open up and promote the circulation to the brain and senses.
Movement 4: Clear additional functional impediments of the ear.
Movements 5, 6, 7: Promote social interaction, speech, and self-regulation.
Movements 8, 9: Strengthen digestion and elimination; strengthen physical vitality.
Movements 10, 11, 12: Calm the child and improve sleep.
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