After finishing our commitment to a six month trial we decided not to continue with the massage for our autistic son. Yes, there had been a slight improvement with his fine motor skills and possibly overall sensitivity but not enough that you couldn’t say would have happened naturally or with the other therapies and work done by us and the school.
Other parents reported more progress with their child in terms of physical and social interaction whilst others reported none. Towards then end of the trial Jake himself had grown tired of the daily ritual and was starting to be difficult at laying still and it became counter productive and meant that the entire evening schedule got pushed back meaning later to bed and more tired the next day.
I’m glad that we had given this treatment a go but had decided no noticeable improvements had been made and had decided to direct the time spent performing the massage on other therapies that will hopefully improve our son’s verbal communication such as the Gemiini program.
In summary I wouldn’t put other parents off trying this treatment as you can understand the logic and there aren’t any negatives but for us there were hardly any positives but then different things work for different people.
We’ve ordered a massage table to perform the full body massage but until then we’ve been perform the facial massage and a few relaxing pressure points on his arm. So far so good as in the main Jake, our son, has let us perform the routine and seems to enjoy it and has an almost calming influence on him.
This morning I had to tickle him and distract him a few times as he wanted to get up and play with his toys but managed to get it done without too much fuss. Far too early to report any benefits but at least he’s letting us do it. The big test will come the weekend when we have to massage the top of his head and neck. This is a very sensitive area for him and could take awhile for him to accept.
If you’re interested there’s a demo video of the head massage that we’re performing every morning, it only takes five minutes so can easily be built into the morning routine before school.
Had a really good trip to London at the weekend being taught all of the necessary techniques to perform Tui Na massage on our son to help reduce the affects of autism. More information can be found here http://www.tuinacentre.co.uk or at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TuinaCentre
We’ve been fortunate enough to be take part in a UK trial to see if the daily massage will improve many aspects of our son’s life including speech, attention, co-ordination, sleep, etc. Initially we have learnt the beginners 36-step routine that we can start to implement straight away. Another one-day course will be held three months and then six months into the trial to learn more advanced techniques. There was a lot to take in but with video’s and print outs to refer to we’ll get the hang of it in no time I’m sure.
I must say I’m not usually one for alternative medicines but am keeping my eyes open based on reports of previous positive results. At the very least it will relax our son and at the very best help significantly to improve his well being and communication with the world around him. Big thanks to Leonid and Sanya for their time and teachings. I’ll be making various posts to report on progress over the coming months.
If you would like to there’s also a go fund me page where they’re trying to raise funds so more families can be involved in the trial going forward http://www.gofundme.com/wedc6p3u