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The Scotson Technique - What if


Each of our lives, locations and schedules is unique so how can I make TST  'massage' work for us ?



Q- I cannot find 60 minutes a day for TST therapy?

  • Unlike conventional forms of physiotherapy TST massages can be spread over the day and can be done with the child either awake or asleep. Some of our families do the exercises in two or three mini sessions a day.
  • Because we can train both parents, grandparents and carers how to do TST 'massage', it is possible for the exercises to be shared amongst a number of people.
  • It is possible to do fewer exercises per day, we recommend a minimum of 3, which is 15 minutes per day. To get the maximum benefits from TST we recommend that TST is done regularly six days a week.


Q- I do not live close to Advance Centre do you operate in different places?

  • We have families visit us from all over the world, as far as Australia, America and Africa. Similarly we have families visit us from all over Europe and the British Isles too.
  • We appreciate that travelling is not as easy with a disabled child, so after the initial assessment at the Centre it is possible to visit without your child and learn the exercises at the Centre to apply when you return home.
  • We will also travel when we can, however the full travelling cost and accommodation cost is added to the therapy cost. If 6 families agree to a time and venue we will consider an agreed number of visits to your part of the world.
  • We will work over the weekend in locations with a suitable training venue if there is a group of 4 or more families who all agree to begin the exercises at the same time and are committed to completing the first year of TST exercises instruction.
  • We may in some circumstances be able to travel abroad.
  • TST depends upon learning by touch and it is not therefore possible to learn these exercises from a book or over an internet link.


Q- My child does not like being touched and/or lying down for long. Will TST work for them too?

  • Many children who we treat at the Centre start off being unable to lie down for long periods of time and our autistic children in particular often do not normally like being touched.
  • TST is applied over clothing and can be done when your child is asleep.
  • TST is very calming and many children with ASD actually begin to enjoy their therapy sessions and even ask for them.
  • It is also possible to do TST whilst your child is sitting up.
  • Many children are happy to lie down to have their TST exercises whilst they are watching the television or listening to stories or music.
  • Parents frequently report back that TST is a lovely and very special time.

Q- My child is too ill to be moved. How can you help me please?

  • If you bring photographs of your child and a video as well as the filled in Parent Report form together with any relevant medical and physiotherapy reports Linda will be able to evaluate your child from this material and you may then go on to learn the exercises without your child being present.
  • TST is very gentle and will help to improve your child’s immune system and overall health.
  • In exceptional circumstances we may be able to make a home visit to evaluate and teach the exercises.

Medical Care Team

Q- My child is under the care of a team of physiotherapists and other medical professionals, do I need their permission or do I need to be referred to you by them?

  • There is no requirement to get referred to us by your doctor.
  • TST is not yet widely known about by UK physiotherapists and medical professionals although quite a number of our children’s clinicians have already stated they are impressed with the results of TST.
  • Linda Scotson’s PhD research upon which TST is based is within one of the world’s leading child health centres, the Institute of Child Health, University College London so that clinicians are generally happy to learn more and to respect your choice to use TST.

  • Linda’s PhD viva exam is expected in  the Autumn of 2016. Meanwhile she is writing  papers on TST with a view to publication in medical journals. She is also applying for a Medical Research Council Grant to begin a clinical trial on TST. The aim is to also get TST recgonised as a physiotherapy approach within the NHS.
  • The research is expected to create many more applications for TST within modern medicine in the next few years.


Q- We are not able to pay for this treatment what other options are available to us?

  • We are a self funded charity and rely on these fees to run the centre.
  • Two other charities just4children and treeofhope help families to fund raise for TST .
  • We are also lucky to have the support of Caudwell Children who may fund  TST training over several years for families who meet their criteria.
  • Many of our families hold local fundraising events to raise the funds to attend the centre.
  • To further save families financially we are prepared to travel as long as there are a group of at least 4 families over a weekend or 6 families during the week and a suitable venue can be found.
  • If you would like to commence TST but cannot receive charitable funding and are unable to fund yourself please let us know and we will discuss other options with you.


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