Services

  • Free informational consultation
  • Training for parents
  • Treatment for children with autism


As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I provide a somatic treatment for children on the autism spectrum, ages 2-12. This treatment — Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) massage — is primarily delivered by the child’s parents. I train parents to deliver an attuned massage, model the treatment, and monitor both the delivery of the QST massage and the child’s progress.

Abnormal sensory responses are included as core diagnostic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in the the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). 

Research shows that touch is the sense that is most involved in social development, and tactile abnormalities present in young children with autism are severe and directly related to delay of early self-regulation milestones required for social development. 

The first four self-regulation milestones that emerge in the first year of life: ability to self-soothe, ability to regulate orientation/attention, digestion, and sleep/wake cycles.

The fifth self-regulation milestone developed in the third year of life - built on the first-year milestones and early language development - emerges: the ability to regulate emotions and  behavior in response to social cues. The failure to achieve this fifth milestone constitutes the social delay by age 3 that is relevant to autism.

Research shows that parent touch is the most effective stimulation to help decrease tactile abnormalities in young children with autism. Attuned parental touch may stimulate the earlier self-regulation milestones by repeatedly activating parasympathetic nervous system functions. 

The research-based parent-delivered Qigong Sensory Treatment massage (QST Massage) was developed to treat the tactile abnormalities in young children with autism to improve self-regulatory functions from early development age in order to prepare them to achieve social developmental skills.

A list of published studies on QST massage may be found on QSTI’s Research page.

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DBA Autism Treatment Center of Bend
750 NW Charbonneau Suite 211
Bend OR 97703