1st Edition

An At-Home Guide to Children’s Sensory and Behavioral Problems Qigong Sensory Treatment for Parents and Clinicians

By Linda Garofallou, Louisa Silva Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An At-Home Guide to Children’s Sensory and Behavioral Problems gives a new perspective on sensory and behavior problems, one that sees those behaviors as stemming from a child’s immature sensory nervous system and regulation difficulties.

    This book offers an effective at-home intervention, the Qigong Sensory Treatment, that enlists a parent's attuned touch to address often overlooked sensory issues that underlie ‘problem’ behaviors and works to organize those sensory experiences to foster connection and the capacity for self-regulation. It introduces the reader to a new and clinically useful model to understand sensory development, the Early Childhood Self-regulatory Milestones which are critical to the emotional and behavioral health and regulation for all children. With clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and links to online instructional videos, it teaches parents how to successfully implement the daily QST hands-on routine. 

    Unique to the treatment model is how it guides and focuses parents to easily recognize, interpret and respond to their child's shifting non-verbal body and behavioral responses and cues. An extensive workbook section navigates parents through a year-long process of learning and implementing QST at home. Weekly letters include those written by the authors, parents who share their own personal experiences with the routine and by QST Master Trainers who offer their years of experience and helpful tips. The 52 letters are timed to anticipate and answer typical questions or stumbling blocks that parents commonly encounter at key points, guiding them to success with their child’s sensory and behavior difficulties while making for happier and less-stressful times with their child.

    This guide will be indispensable to parents and clinicians looking to understand and more effectively work with their child’s developmental difficulties.

    Part I: Pulling Back the Curtain  1. Behavior Through a Sensory Lens  2. Self-Regulation – A Parent’s Gift  3. Attuned Touch - Your Sensory Solution   4.  QST –  A Sensory Language   5. Attuned Connections and Safe Boundaries  6. The Key Ingredient – You  Part II: Learning QST At-Home   7. Getting Started  8. Qigong Sensory Treatment – Step-By-Step Instructions  9. Reading Your Child’s Body Language  10. How to Work Through the Difficult Spots  11. QST for Every Day ‘Challenging’ Behaviors  12. Optimizing Diet, Nutrition and Daily Routines  Part III: Guiding Your Way with 52 Weekly Letters  13. Introduction to Weekly Letters and Logs  14. Mastering the Basics: Weeks 1 – 14  15. QST for Daily Regulation: Weeks 15 – 20  16. Staying Consistent: Weeks 21 – 25  17. Noticing Changes - Marking Progress: Weeks 26 – 32   18. Extra Techniques: Weeks 33 – 42  19.  QST for Specific Needs: Weeks 43 – 50  20. Year’s End: Weeks 51 – 52


    Linda Garofallou, MS, QST Trainer, adjunct faculty at the Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health/Montclair State University, has developed a wide range of community pediatric sensory programs for at risk children, including 14 years at Children’s Hospital of NJ/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

    Louisa Silva, MD, MPH, pediatrician integrating Western and Chinese medicine with public health. Founder of Qigong Sensory Training Institute. Lead researcher of 20 university-based QST research studies for children with autism and other disabilities. Founder of the Guadalupe Community Clinic, Salem, OR.

    "An At-Home Guide to Children’s Sensory and Behavioral Problems is so much more than a wonderful introduction to the Qigong method of soothing children with sensory challenges. Garofallou and Silva have written a remarkable book about the remarkable power of touch for physical, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial development. All parents – indeed, all of us – will benefit from reading this tour de force."

    Stuart Shanker, D.Phil, distinguished research professor emeritus of philosophy and psychology, founder of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and Self-Reg Global Inc.

    "Touch, sensory processing and self-regulation are central to every child’s development. This book is bursting with richly detailed, yet clear and simple explanations of how these three key neurosensory domains work. It shows parents and clinicians how they can use touch to help children whose behavior says they need help to process their sensory experiences and regulate themselves. Parents and clinicians will also find here a similar approach - to give themselves the support they need to support their children’s growth and healing."   

    Joshua Sparrow, MD, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

    "An At-Home Guide to Children’s Sensory and Behavioral Problems weds Eastern and Western traditions of soma and psyche into a seamless hands-on book to promote the optimal development of self-regulation in children through sensory co-regulation and emotionally attuned parenting. Illuminating and practical, this conceptually sound and functional book is a must have for parents and professionals alike." 

    Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E, co-author, Linking Sensory Integration and Mental Health: Nurturing Self-Regulation in Infants and Young Children and Mental Health in Early Intervention.  

    "As a developmental behavioral pediatrician with over 25 years caring for families who have children with autism spectrum disorders, I am very excited to recommend Qigong Sensory Treatment for Parents & Clinicians: An At-Home Guide to Children’s Sensory and Behavioral Problems. This approach to therapeutic touch offers a new (and very ancient!) way to help children regulate not only their sensory systems; QST can have a real impact on the childrens’ emotional, physical, and behavioral self-regulation issues including sleep problems, tantrums, stomach upsets and even aggression. The book is nicely organized with many detailed helpful and practical suggestions for making QST soothing and enjoyable for the children. QST will be a welcome complement to more traditional behavioral and developmental interventions."

    Richard Solomon MD, FAAP, author of Autism: The Potential Within; medical director, The PLAY Project