TRI Research on QST Massage Presented at 2015 Autism CARES


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TRI Research on QST Massage Presented at 2015 Autism CARES

July 28, 2015

Child being give massage

“QST (Qigong Sensory Training) massage for autism is one of very few programs that effectively decreases the severity of autism and changes outcomes for low as well as high functioning children.”


So states the Qigong Sensory Training Institute, which has been conducting a replication study through TRI’s Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA).

Their new research, published in the journal Autism Research and Treatment, offers hope and assistance to parents of children with autism and early childhood special education programs.


2015 Autism CARES


In mid-July of this year, Kris Gabrielsen (Project Director) was invited to give a short presentation about the research results at the 2015 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Real World Settings, in Bethesda, MD.

“The presentation was well received with many follow-up questions from the audience,” says Gabrielsen. “Audience members were impressed that this was a single-blind, randomized controlled trial and that it is a treatment that does not have any negative side effects.”

QSTI Poster




You can see the summary of the research results here.





The meeting


This bi-annual meeting is an opportunity for Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded (MCHB) – Autism CARES grantees to share information about activities within their respective networks, and to discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.

“It was great to be there, and to meet others who are passionate about improving the lives of people with autism,” Gabrielsen said of the conference.


Click here for more information about the meeting.


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For more information about QSTI, click here.





This meeting was hosted by ITAC (Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities) in collaboration with the State Public Health Autism Research Center SPHARC) and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA-MCH.]


Photo of child receiving massage by Tyra Murray of Grace Portraits

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