Early Intervention for Autism with a Parent-delivered Qigong Massage Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial
A recent randomized
controlled trial (RCT) of a dual parent
and trainer-delivered intervention using a Chinese massage methodology
at improving sensory and self-regulatory impairment (the Qigong Sensory
Training [QST] Dual
efficacy in improving measures of autism.
The current RCT evaluates the effect of the
of this intervention (QST Home program).
Thirty eight children were randomly assigned
to treatment and wait-list
control groups. Children
treatment group received the QST Home program for four months. Analysis of outcomes data
blinded examiners and parents showed that the QST Home program was
reducing measures of autism (p<.01) and improving measures of
self-regulation (p<.001). Effect
sizes were in the large range. A
comparison of treatment outcomes from the QST Home program with
the QST Dual program showed that outcomes for autism, sensory and
self-regulation measures were statistically equivalent.
L., Schalock, M. & Gabrielsen, K. (2011). Early
Intervention for Autism with a Parent-delivered Qigong Massage Program:
A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(5):550-559.
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