Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb
I think you can imagine that when faced with a chronic disabling condition, such as Autism, you are willing to consider many different treatment methods. From the treatments supported with the most medical evidence to those supported with only anecdotal evidence, nothing is off the table.
There are many questions we discuss before we are willing to give a new ameliorative effort a try. Is there any risk to our child? What is the evidence that it works? What is the theory behind it? Does it introduce something foreign into our child's system?
I can tell you this: I am willing to try any low cost, non-invasive treatment based on a handful of anonymous positive reports from the comments section of a blog. You want me to wear a powdered wig and wear my shirt backwards while dancing on one leg bellowing out an ancient Mayan chant? Show me where I can get a wig. (http://www.beautyselect.com/bargain-colonial-man-1.html)
Enter the Qigong Massage.
About 2 years ago, my wife read an article reporting on the positive effects of pediatric massage therapy on children suffering with cancer. A little further Internet research and she read about the positive reports of parents learning and performing Qigong massage on children with Autism.
If you are interested you can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong_Sensory_Training
We are about 6 weeks into performing the massage methods on our Little Man. At first, it was a little challenging to get him to keep still. But we have since gotten into a groove. He is starting to really enjoy it and even asks for it by name.
Best of all, we have seen some positive changes in our Little Man since we started. He seems calmer, clearer, more engaged and happier. This is definitely something we will keep doing and, so far, would recommend.