Massage Therapy for Children with Autism
QST Massage is a touch-based massage treatment protocol for children with autism that aims at restoring touch and addressing sensory pathways.
Please note: Requests for Massage Therapy for children with ASD will have to be discussed on a case by case basis with Kelly. During the current pandemic, it is required that all clients wear a mask for the entirety of their appointment, including children. If your child is unable to do so, an appointment will be unable to be booked at this time.
What to Expect
The massage uses percussive techniques (similar to patting) on the full body, over the clothes, and without the use of any lotion.
The massage is a sequence of 12 different movements that are done in a specific order.
Techniques will be modified in areas that are more sensitive.
Typical treatment plan includes approximately 20 visits. This is modified depending on the client.
The first visit will be 60 minutes long. All subsequent visits will be 30 to 45 minutes.
Benefits of Massage
Sensory, sleep and digestive problems can decrease.
Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved.
Physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented.
In order to optimize the benefits of the treatment, family members are highly encouraged to give their child the massage daily at home.
60 minute Intake Appointment.
Discuss Health History form.
Assessment Questionnaires are to be completed and discussed. (These forms can be sent to you prior to the first appointment to complete)
15 to 25 minute massage therapy treatment.
Parents are encouraged to stay in the room during the treatment.
Parents will be taught the massage techniques.