Hypnosis for Autistic Children

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By Daris   

Daris
Daris
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Apr 01st, 2009 06:15
Hypnosis for Autistic Children

Does anyone have experience with hypnotherapy for children with high-functioning Autistic Spectrum? I see very little research and information - other than the tendency for these children to be highly hypnotizable. Any information for this hypnotizability to be useful in overcoming a compulsive behavior would be most helpful! Thanks.

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R Ryan
R Ryan
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May 24th, 2010 02:09
Re: Hypnosis for Autistic Children

I am looking for the same answer, too. Not found anything much yet...

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Hayley
Hayley
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Jun 08th, 2010 03:13
Re: Hypnosis for Autistic Children

I had a teenage stepson with aspergers who responded very well to relaxation and stress relief visualisations under hypnosis (in fact he used to love them!) However it was very difficult to help him relinquish his OCD behaviours. I tried using CBT with him during hypnosis but he was adamant that he could not change his behaviour. And so of course, his brain responded accordingly!

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Julie Horn
Julie Horn
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Aug 30th, 2019 06:48
Re: Hypnosis for Autistic Children

What do you guys think is she appropriate to try ? My daughter has auditory sensory issues . Fears music

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Ann Boulter
Ann Boulter
Member
Sep 04th, 2019 02:16
Re: Hypnosis for Autistic Children

I have a young autistic lad that sat up half way through the session and said 'That's enough relaxing for today, thankyou' and wouldn't settle enough anymore for me to continue properly but I just carried on in the hope that he would remember some of what I was saying to him. He has been very mistreated by staff at school (a specialist school for autistic children) and although he's only 11, he's now thinks he's an adult because he's been excluded since April 2019. He doesn't want toys or anything else to play with anymore as he's no longer a child in his eyes. He's been robbed of his education and childhood.

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Justine
Justine
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Sep 06th, 2019 04:16
Re: Hypnosis for Autistic Children

My 11 year old son is on the spectrum and when he changed Junior schools last year I needed to do some therapy with him in order to get him to go to the new school as he was having a really hard time of it. In my experience, I've found that innuendo, metaphors and subtleties don't work quite so well, once my son was deeply relaxed, I then had to 'factually' state all the good reasons for going to school and finding ways to stop the bullying. It did work, and just general deep relaxation from time to time settles him well when his anxieties are through the roof!

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