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Infant and Pediatric Massage

Sensory Treatment has been shown to improve eye contact, sensory problems, tantrums, sleep and behavior in children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other sensory or developmental special needs.

The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) at Montclair State University offers presentations and training in Qigong Sensory Treatment, a straightforward sensory protocol that parents can utilize to normalize sensory problems and help develop self-regulation; professionals are welcome as well.

Qigong Sensory Training protocol is a research-based treatment for young children with autism that has been shown in controlled studies to improve social skills, language and behavior. Qigong Sensory Treatment has also been shown to be an effective treatment for children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other sensory or neurodevelopmental disorders. The simple parent-delivered routine usually takes about 15 minutes and is given nightly. Based on Chinese medicine, the hands-on techniques normalize touch and stimulate self-regulation; children feel more comfortable and more receptive to connecting to others. Eye contact, sensory problems, tantrums, sleep and behavior improve.

NIH Research studies have shown the following results:

  • Improved sleep, digestion and sensory awareness
  • Decreased autistic behaviors
  • Decreased behavioral problems
  • Decreased aggression
  • Improved social skills and language
  • Negotiates transitions more easily

NIH-MCH study results may be viewed at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aurt/2015/904585/; other research studies and parent videos may be accessed at QSTI.org.

For upcoming Qigong Sensory Treatment and Tactile and Sensory Foundations of Child Development workshops, please visit our Trainings page.

These services are made possible, in part, through a generous donation from Karen and Dann Florek.

For more information, please contact:

Linda Garofallou, MS, LMT, IMH-E®-III Clinical
Consultant Trainer, Tactile and Sensory Foundations of Child Development,
QST Therapist and Parent Trainer
Phone: 973-655-6685
Email: LLGarofallou@verizon.net