Massage for Children with Autism

Massage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may provide relaxation, stress reduction and calm muscle spasm. Over time touch therapy may also help children to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and aid body awareness. By incorporating massage therapy into daily routines, children with Autism experience decreased issues with sleeping.

Research has demonstrated that massage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may promote more on-task and social behaviour during play. Children show less erratic behaviour and are more attentive after receiving massage therapy.

This safe nurturing touch is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion and withdrawal.

The Benefits of Massage/Touch Therapy

For child:

  • pink_heartmay provide relaxation
  • pink_heartmay help child to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation
  • pink_heartmay aid body awareness
  • pink_heartmay promote more on-task behaviour
  • pink_heartmay decrease issues with sleeping
  • pink_heartmay increase trust and bond with carers

For parents & carers:

  • pink_heartmay increase confidence in parenting skills
  • pink_heartprovides a special time to bond with your child
  • pink_heartencourages and may increase communication with your child
  • pink_heartprovides an opportunity to learn your child’s cues and unique forms of communication
  • pink_heartpromotes the release of nurturing hormones and provides relaxation
  • pink_heartmay decrease the release of stress hormone

Nurturing touch and massage therapy may also beneficial to children with a diagnosis of:

  • pink_starAttention Deficit Disorder
  • pink_starAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • pink_starDyspraxia
  • pink_starMovement Disorder
  • pink_starSensory Processing Disorder


Appointments for massage for children with ASD are on a 1:1 basis.