Autism is usually diagnosed by age two and symptoms include abnormally low social interaction, minimal eye contact, a fragmented attention span and a strong dislike to touch.
The most heartbreaking aspect of Autism for a parent is the lack of intimate loving interaction with their child, like cuddling and holding hands.
Though it may seem like massage could be an unwanted experience with no benefits, research indicates the opposite.
After one month of daily massage autistic preschool children were more attentive and showed better relationships with their teachers, while another study found that autistic children slept better after a bedtime massage by their parent.
Both studies reported an improvement in touch aversion and the other great news is that most parents found that the interaction level between them and their child improved after daily massage.
There’s no doubt that having a physical and nurturing relationship with your child, no matter what their health status is, fosters a loving bond.
To massage a child with autism, techniques are tailored to the child’s needs by their primary caregiver.
What is certain is that Autistic children thrive on routine, so a predictable and short 15 minute massage routine (to accommodate a short attention span), at the same time daily, is recommended. Strokes in successful studies were smooth, firm and repetitive.
For massaging children with Autism unscented massage oil would be most suitable, unless the child shows a particular liking to scented massage oil.
As always use organic oil so no harmful side effects are experienced by absorbing chemicals into the skin.
Try the Little Innoscents Massage Oil to massage your child.