Autism is commonly associated with sensory and self regulatory disturbances. The most recent research into autism and the effects of Qigong massage on these disturbances is revealing great improvement for the children affected by autism.
Qigong massage consist of hands-on or hands-near therapy. Similar to traditional forms of acupressure or Tui Na, it makes use of pressure points, tapping, grasping and rolling techniques to stimulate the flow of Qi (Chi) for balancing and replenishing. Similar techniques now used in best massage chair models (link), (link)but those are coming with a nifty price tag.