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Researchers at Western Oregon University examined the effect of a qigong massage protocol on autistic children with tactile impairment. The study published in 2013 analyzed a five-month period in which the children, aged three to six years old, were given parent-delivered qigong massage under the direction of weekly therapist-supported training. Tactile abnormalities are directly related to delays in self-regulation milestones that, in turn, inhibit social development. The children who participated in the qigong therapy showed a significant decrease in the tactile impairment and self-regulatory delay. The study also examined parenting stress, which decreased as well.