“This desperate mom could not be more grateful for what this therapy is doing for our family. It is seriously changing our life. Her vocabulary consisted of "yeah, no, dadun, mommy, hi, and puppy" with a few other words mixed in here and there. Now my chatty Charlie won't stop talking! She is sleeping, eating, and the meltdowns have gone down so much. I'm shocked how fast I've seen change. I didn't think I'd see any change for months. It is also making me a nicer mom because I actually get to sleep at night. I could not be more grateful for what this therapy has done for my kiddo and our family!” – Anna H. testimonial about Qigong Sensory Therapy (QST) and her 2 year old with moderate ASD.
*Improvements will be seen in one or more of the following areas in children with autism:
Constipation or diarrhea normalize
Appetite is better and range of foods increase
Tantrums are fewer and of less intensity and duration
Night terrors cease
Language processing improves and recognition and response to their name begins
Toilet training progresses
Eye contact increases
Speech develops or improves and a sense of humor evolves
Sensory ranges (over or under-sensitivities) become more balanced
Aggressive behavior subsides
General physical health improves, there are fewer ear infections and asthma improves
Weak legs strengthen
The child begins to learn
Reference: *Silva, L. (2011). Qigong massage for your child with autism: A home program from Chinese medicine. London: Singing Dragon.
1. What is QST? Qigong Sensory Therapy (QST) is a medical therapy that is directed at acupuncture points and meridian channels on the front and back of the body. These movements not only unblock the energy channels, but improves the C-tactile fibers depleted in the skin. Biopsies taken in children with mild to severe autism showed C-tactile fiber loss. This may display as abnormalities in sensory integration. QST normalizes the sense of touch and re-balances the body into the parasympathetic mode, away from the flight or flight response. As the sensory systems start normalizing (after only a few short weeks) the sensory systems start working together. Children calm down and focus. They become aware of themselves and receptive to other people. Eye contact, behavior, bowels, and sleep start to improve. The child becomes more comfortable in social situations and new developmental skills appear. It is common for non-verbal children or those without eye-contact to start improving within a short time of starting QST.
2. Will this cure my child of autism? The official answer is no. This therapy is not a cure for autism. However, it can reduce or eliminate the symptoms associated with autism. These symptoms include: head-banging, hand flapping, behavioral issues, sleep disturbances, food intolerances, bowel abnormalities, sensory integration abnormalities, low muscle tone, no verbal communication, no eye contact, abnormalities with the sense of touch, etc.
3. What is the protocol? The QST protocol is a two-pronged approach. An authorized QST therapist will give 20 treatments over a 3-month period, while the therapist-trained caregiver gives the child the massage everyday. The massage takes approximately 15 minutes once the major "energy blocks" are removed. Every massage is individualized and the caregiver is guided throughout the process. After the 20 sessions with the QST therapist, the caregiver is encouraged to continue the therapy everyday until the child reaches their age-appropriate developmental milestones. Studies show that children continue to improve while receiving the therapy. Once eye-contact or verbal communication has developed, it is unlikely to regress.
4. Does this therapy always work? Just like any other therapy, results vary. There are different reasons for having autism. I go over this in the Basic Training Video. Depending on the cause, parents will see different things. Many children with vaccine injury have great results. More on how vaccines cause autism symptoms below. I have treated children that had nothing but miraculous results; including a doctor removing a child's cerebral palsy and severe autism diagnoses within 3 months of starting QST!
From the results of the published studies on QSTI.org you can see children's symptoms improved on an average of 32%; which means children with severe autism can become more moderate, children with moderate autism can become more mild, and those with mild autism can come off the autism spectrum. Studies show that some of the children with severe autism finished the study with levels in the mild range.
5. Do vaccines cause autism? This is a highly debated topic. The answer is complex as it is easy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, autism is caused by TRAUMA, DEFICIENCY, or TOXINS. I go over this more in my Basic Training Video, but vaccines can "block up" the body's energy system causing symptoms. Just like a bee sting or peanuts can cause anaphylactic shock in some people, vaccines can cause the body to react in some people; especially young children. Medications do this too. They are called "side effects". Head banging, hand flapping, picking, behavioral issues, abnormal bowel movements, sleep disturbances, and sometimes even low muscle tone are considered SYMPTOMS. It's the body telling you there is damage to the system and that the body needs to be re-balanced. Medical Qigong can do that!
6. Do I have to stop my occupational therapy or physical therapy appointments to start QST? Absolutely not! QST can work alongside conventional OT or PT, however, it's best to start QST PRIOR to starting any other therapy if possible. The reason for this is that QST can have dramatic changes within a very short amount of time. Some OT or PT therapies may not be required after a few short months of QST. Not to mention, after QST therapy, some conventional OT or PT may work better with quicker results. So, if you are already receiving OT or PT services, there is no need to stop. QST can also be used with very young children; as young as 18 months or so. It's non-invasive, extremely safe, easy to learn, and children and parents LOVE it!
I always worked with other therapists while doing the QST protocol. My work did not interfere with what they were working on. Ever. I do not do conventional OT. Some OTs or PTs do both QST and conventional therapy. My passion is QST. There is no threat to other therapists or facilities; except those with ill-intentions or ulterior motives. The examples I have of this would make you question the healthcare industry.
7.. How much does this therapy cost? It depends on the provider. If the therapy is coming from a health care provider that accepts insurance, this therapy can be covered by occupational therapy, physical therapy, and some doctor's visits. Each provider has different costs.
8. Do we need to hire a certified QST Therapist? Depends. Some caregivers find they are able to learn the therapy on their own and have great results. Others may find the guidance of a certified therapist very much needed. If your child has moderate to severe autism it is best to have the guidance of a trained QST therapist. Although the therapy is easy to learn, there are many things to learn and understand as you go. Training is constant. Each and every session with the child will be different and will need to be tweaked accordingly. Trained guidance can make a HUGE difference.
9. Should I purchase the book that goes along with the massage? YES! The book has so much information that is going to be helpful to anyone giving the therapy. Find those books HERE.
10. Why do I have to pay $49.99 in order to learn the QST movements? My client's spend $250 on the first day to learn these movements. To help those that do not have those resources, and to be able to reach as many families as I can, I'm making this video available for a fraction of my costs. I know QST therapists are hard to find in your area. There are only a little over 100 authorized QST therapists in the world! Although I do take virtual appointments, I am only one person. I cannot be available to everyone. My intention is that this video can give parents hope and information that can assist them if no other help is available around them. Blessings to you all for wanting to help your child. You are all my hero. Truly.
11. How can this therapy help children with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy? Children with Down syndrome can improve their language and motor control. Children with cerebral palsy can improve their motor control and muscle tone.
12. What are the contraindications (things that will not work with QST)? This therapy is contraindicated for those children with active seizure disorders. The tapping on the head may trigger seizures. If your child has seizures but currently controlled by medication, it should be okay. If the seizures are triggered, then please immediately stop all QST therapy.
This therapy is contraindicated for those children going through medication changes. While changing medications it may be difficult to determine what is helping the child. Please wait until medications are stabilized before starting a QST program.
This therapy is contraindicated for children on specific medications like Risperdal, Tegretol, or other anti-psychotic medications. The reason for this is that those medications may re-block the system after the therapy has cleared the system. Your efforts will be short-lived as soon as they take those medications again. DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILD OFF THEIR MEDICATIONS. If you are interested in this therapy, please talk to your doctor first before making ANY changes to their medications!! Some parents wait until the summer months while their children are off some of their medications that help them focus during school months. Again, talk to the child's doctor first!
This therapy is contraindicated for children having severe emotional disorders. Talk to their doctor first before starting a QST program.
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