With hypnosis and hypnotherapy for autistic clients, the therapist tries to get the patient to focus on a favorite activity that makes the person more receptive to suggestions.
Hypnosis in the simplest form, is a state of deep relaxation which allows your subconscious mind to take over while your conscious mind takes a break. Contrary to popular belief, you are not unconscious during hypnosis. You are most likely in an alpha or theta brain wave state. During this state positive suggestions are given and processed through your subconscious mind. Through this process, positive changes can be made. Hypnosis is safe and you are always in control. If a fire alarm was to go off, you would automatically “wake” and proceed to get up. You cannot be made to do something you would not normally do during hypnosis. You are ALWAYS in control. Therapeutic hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnosis.
With 1 in 68 children now being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, treatment is needed more than ever. The autism spectrum is just that. A full spectrum where each child is unique and has their own special needs. Most children on the spectrum lack communication as well as meaningful eye contact. They may be awkward in social settings, with no sense of personal space or meaningful communication. Common characteristics are delayed speech, sensitivity to light and sound, arm flapping, repetitive motions and sleeplessness and inability to concentrate. It is frustrating to the parents because they are usually willing to do anything and everything to help their child. What makes it even more frustrating is there is no known cause. Because of that treatment is very limited. There are many theories such as mercury exposure, vaccines, especially the MMR. Others belief metal exposure, lack of vitamins or brainwaves play a part. Some evidence points to genetics.
Autism rates are at an all time high with no credible evidence of a cause. Most parents have tried medication reluctantly to find out that it just doesn’t help that much. Many people are seeking help through alternative means, such as special diets with great results.This is where hypnosis steps in. Hypnosis has successfully been used in the past to treat Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder with great results which leads a person to question if hypnosis can be used to minimize the repetitive behaviors in autism. Hypnosis can also be used to promote greater eye contact as well as alleviate anxiety that autistic children are plagued with. Hypnosis can also promote a better, more relaxed sleep. It can teach relaxation techniques. With so many parents looking for a solution and coming to a dead end it seems to be worth a try. There aren’t many resources and alternate means of help available to most people. Most parents are willing to do anything for their children.