Using EFT on Autism With Dramatic Results
by: Sandra Lewis
There are several different meridian therapies in use, but EFT is by far the most widely used, embraced by psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors, life coaches, and lay people around the world who use it for everything from physical aches and pains to the worst childhood traumas.
My client, Katia, who is happy to share this information with my readers, had a 7-year-old son who was diagnosed many years ago with severe autism. Her husband quit his job and devoted himself full-time to helping David function as well as might be hoped. He used the Sonrise technique, which many of you may be familiar with. And her husband was certainly able to make a difference, after three years of enormous effort. But like many parents of autistic children, he began to run out of steam.
Katia came to me without her son, David, and together she and I worked on some of her frustrations as a parent, using the EFT protocol. Then I gave her some statements to use with David. We decided that we would work initially on making him more responsive to his parents and less of a challenge to their patience. Katia told me that David was very sensitive to noise, and would scream and cry when she turned on the blender in the kitchen. He would also scream in the car if she had the radio on.
Katia also told me that, like many autistic children, David had suffered a trauma when he was born. As well, David was vaccinated 12 hours after being born.
Katia used the techniques I taught her while her husband was away on a business trip. When he returned after one month, he said he noticed immediately an enormous change in his son’s behaviour. He said he hardly recognized David. These are some of the things he and Katia saw in just one month:
· David's speech improved dramatically. He would answer questions, something he had never done before.
· He would ask for things in complete sentences: "I want bread" instead of using one word, “bread".
· He started noticing other children and wanting to play with them (before he seemed lost in his own world).
· When he was playing with children, he would follow the rules of the game.
· He was visually focusing on his parents, making conscious eye contact and holding it for minutes at a time (before he would look all around the room, but not at them).
· He was clearly processing information from them when he was making this eye contact (his eyes seemed active instead of vacant).
· He stopped screaming when he heard loud noises, and even asked for the radio to be turned on in the car (in Katia’s words, there was no chance this could happen before. He didn’t like music from any source except TV).
· It was possible to negotiate things with him for the first time, i.e. If you eat this apple, then you can have a cookie.
· He started eating apples. Bananas were the only fruit he would eat before.
Normally it might have been difficult to clearly identify EFT as the cause of this change. But because David’s father, Yuri, was the one who usually worked with him, while Yuri was away, virtually no extra time was spent with David on his autism. Katia was busy just taking care of the house and preparing meals, and so the only extra time spent with David were the few minutes she devoted to tapping in the evening.
(Excerpted from an article published on the EFT website Jan/07 at http://www.emofree.com/Archives)