Hypnosis for Autistic ChildrenSolutions Corner Forum
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.
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!
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.
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!