Qigong Sensory Training
The Curry Stone Foundation has contributed funding in 2007-2009 to Dr. Louisa Silva for her project, "Qigong Sensory Training: Helping Children with Autism to Recover from Sensory Impairment, Enhance Learning and Improve Behavior." The Curry Stone Foundation is interested in original public health applications. Combining Western medicine and Chinese massage therapy this project offers a unique perspective to the public health problem of autism. This award follows two years of preliminary research funding from the Spirit Mountain Community Foundation.
The Qigong Sensory training provides occupational therapists, educators, and families’ tools in helping young children who have been diagnosed as autistic. Training began in Coos Bay in February 2007 with forty families. In 2008 training continued to address needs in other special education programs in La Grande/Ontario, Oregon, India and England. In 2009 training continued in Klamath Falls, Portland, Albany and Umatilla/Pendleton. Teaching Research of Western Oregon University and Western Oregon University Foundation administer this grant.