Location: Shropshire, GB
Thank you for mentioning this and Brigitte for your interesting account on your experiences with helping an Autistic child . I have a 15 year old son with Aspergers and have tryed many hypno sessions with him over the last 3 years. It has improved his confidence immensely. He always tells me what percentage its worked e.g. 45% but I find he cannot relax completely. The best place to actually have the session is in his own space and here, thats usually with him lying in his bed tightly wrapped up like a sausage in his duvet as he feels mostly secure there. I have helped with posture, language, confidence, motivation, social issues and phobias. He does need these repeating on a regular basis in order for it to consistently work. Recently Ive tryed tapping - Thought Field Therapy (TFT). He doesnt like the tapping on his body, so I tap on myself and he places his hand on my arm. He lets out lots of air during this, but always says it doesnt work, when I know it does !! It will help with trauma too (Brigitte) so I thought that would be useful for you to know that. I have found that I have to very slowly take my son into a hypnotic trance with direct suggestion. He has a very good imagination and before we start a session, we talk about what he would like to picture e.g. if its a barrier what he would like the barrier to be - a wall - what are the blocks made of etc. He once said polystyrene as he wouldnt need to reach out and knock them over, but blow !! And he did blow them away. Most of our sessions are made up together. Sometimes I take ideas from this site and he looks at them first. (He tells me about the spelling mistakes too!!! ) Err hum!!
Every ASD child is different and rapport does take a while. I would say if this is not your own child, study them, learn from them, their language patterns, their likes and dislikes and belief systems. Go to their world, be in their world, adapt to their world and you will understand what help can be given in time. T x