Parent-delivered Qigong May Improve Measures of Autism
October 29, 2011 -
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 month. 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.
This study was conducted by Teaching Research Institute,
Western Oregon University, and published in the American Journal of Occupational