Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that greatly inhibits a child’s ability to function.  Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is characterized by a range of conditions like challenging social skills, repetitive or stemming behaviors, problems in speech and nonverbal communication, as well as other unique strengths and differences. The term “spectrum” means that there is a wide variation in challenges and strengths that each person carries who is diagnosed on the spectrum.  There are many types of autism caused by combinations of genetic and environmental influences.   I’d like to share with parents how applying this gentle non-intrusive therapy called CranioSacral Therapy can help children having autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Children who exhibit signs of being on the autism spectrum include having issues with things like anxiety, delayed speech, digestive problems, sensory integration challenges, eye contact issues, social ability problems, temper tantrums.  By applying the gentle use of craniosacral therapy to children on the autism spectrum, helps their body and brain to come into a more balanced state.

History of CranioSacral Therapy and Autism

My personal friend and mentor, Dr. John Upledger, D.O. first introduced the concept of craniosacral therapy as an effective means of treating children on the autism spectrum.  He had developed a study where children were treated using specific techniques in craniosacral therapy to help release any restrictions in the craniosacral system.  During the study Dr. Upledger first identified the cranial base compression as possibly being the underlying etiological agent in autism, allergies, and sciatica for example.

How does CranioSacral Therapy work?

CranioSacral therapy is a modality of bodywork that focuses on the central nervous system so that the body as a whole can work at its highest level.  CranioSacral Therapy includes the membrane system surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  When there is an imbalance in the body there will be a tightening, pulling or twisting in any part of the body, it will affect the rest of the body.  Applying craniosacral therapy helps the body to reestablish balance, release tightened areas, and return to optimal functioning.

How does CranioSacral Therapy help Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Craniosacral therapy can address the underlying issues in the tissues.  In my twenty-seven years of practice helping children on the spectrum, I have witnessed children recovering more words, having better eye contact, becoming more comfortable within social settings, and coming into a calmer state.  What we think, feel or do is processed through our biological structure.  Using the craniosacral system to address areas including the head, the spinal column, and the sacrum/coccyx or tailbone, helps the body to release osseous restrictions from the membranous restrictions in the craniosacral system.  When we help the body to release strain patterns through connective tissue, or the facial system using craniosacral therapy, the body can self-correct naturally.

How to Prepare

You can tell your child they are going to have a relaxing experience on the table.  You can bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed lovey animal, a weighted blanket, or something they use to self-sooth that is soft in nature.  Every child is unique and the approach to each child varies individually.  Give your child a picture of the Centre and the therapist before his/her session.  Basically, they are lying on top of a massage table anywhere from 30, to 50 minutes.  Sometimes doing a mini-intensive using longer sessions can help particularly with parents coming from out of town.

This gentle, yet very effective treatment can help children on the autism spectrum with issues such as anxiety and overstimulation, doing better in school, grouchiness, speech, better digestion, lifting depression, sleep better, increased social capability, better management of sensory overload, decreased headaches or body aches, and much more.

Call CentreSpring MD at 404-814-9808 to book your appointment!

Molly Grady comes to CentreSpring MD having spent the last seventeen years studying, teaching and practicing healing and bodywork. Her primary mode of healing is CranioSacral therapy. She has also studied healing and massage techniques from around the world, from ancient to modern.

Email appointments@centrespringmd.com to schedule a visit with Molly Grady.

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