Brief Report: Autistic Children's Attentiveness and Responsivity Improve After Touch Therapy

  title={Brief Report: Autistic Children's Attentiveness and Responsivity Improve After Touch Therapy},
  author={Tory Field and David Lasko and Peter C. Mundy and T Henteleff and Stacey Kabat and Susan E. Talpins and Monica Dowling},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
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