I am the mother of a 17 year old low functioning, almost non-verbal, autistic daughter, who is developmentally a toddler.  So I have a lifetime of personal experience with non-verbal communication and other sensory issues that arise in this population.  I have successfully worked with several clients with low functioning autism in my office, in Boise.  They sit at my desk or on the couch.  They get up and down and wander around.  The parents of these individuals are present and help during the session.  I work on the individual according to their needs and what they are able to cope with.  I get a lot of feedback from the parents while I am working on them.  I have one client that I have been working with for over a year.  He has progressed from just a few seconds-minutes to being able to work with him the entire 45-minute session.  I am now having him point to where it hurts, using a skull and face with muscles.  I then massage that area, letting him know I am massaging there.  It’s incredibly important that these autistic individuals understand what is happening.

45-minute massage session $80 (please ask about our Wellness Club, when coming in for regular sessions)

My son, a 39-year-old autistic individual, has been receiving TMJ treatments from
Emily Boudwin for about a year. Emily has a learned and intuitive approach that
allows my usually anxious son to be very comfortable during treatments. Their
sessions began very conservatively, with only 5 to 15 minutes of actual therapy, the
rest of the time simply adjusting to the new environment. Now he allows her to
work on him the full 45-minutes. On occasion he will actually help Emily by guiding
her hand to where he wants her to work. One of the more remarkable results of his
work with Emily is his new relationship to animals. On two recent occasions he
spontaneously reached out and pet a dog when it came up to him, and on another, as
part of equine therapy, he pet a horse. This process of allowing physical contact and
offering it to animals is one of the many benefits beyond the targeted TMJ relief that
we see from our work with Emily. She is a very accomplished and sensitive
practitioner. I highly recommend her.

Massage for low functioning Autistic Individuals in Boise