Autism is a term that refers to a developmental disorder characterized by, among other things, the early onset of a lack of attachment and an almost complete dissociation with the environment. Other symptoms may include poor language skills, hyperactivity, frustration with changes in the surrounding environment and inappropriate aggression.
Massage can be helpful as a part of an overall program in conjunction with other healthcare providers. The massage therapist needs to gear the session to the individual's specific needs and tolerances. Early session may be only a few minutes as those with autism sometimes have an inherent intolerance of touch.