Massage techniques are widely and effectively used in treatment of
autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to address sensory issues, motor
problems and touch receptivity. However, the variety of different styles
of massage available often leaves parents baffled and unsure about
which touch therapy treatment is best for their child.
This practical guide explains how massage works, how
the body senses touch, and how touch therapy can benefit children with
ASDs. The book goes on to describe exactly what each type of massage
entails and covers anatomy-oriented massages, energy-based massages and
therapeutic bodywork, helping readers to tell Reiki from reflexology, a
Swedish from a sports massage, or tuina from a Thai massage. With
recommendations for selecting the right style of massage, advice on
locating a practitioner, and tips on preparing a child with an ASD for
massage, this book is the perfect resource to find a therapy - or
combination of therapies - to suit the individual needs of each child.
This book will be essential reading for all parents
and caregivers interested in the benefits of therapeutic massage and
bodywork for children and adolescents with ASDs, and practitioners
looking at alternatives for therapeutic intervention.