Autism Pilot Study

Reason for the study:

I decided to do this study because I have seen dramatic shifts in children with Autism who receive energy healing and wanted to illustrate these shifts.

Who was the participant in this study?

This study was done with a 4 year old boy diagnosed with Autism. He was not potty trained and was not very verbal.  He was aggressive to his younger brother, did not make much eye contact, did not ask for things he wants, and made grunting noises. He had an ATEC score of low 30's.

Summary of results:

After the first session, he said, "I love you" to his mother for the first time. Communication and sense of connection dramatically increased. Throughout the course of the sessions it became apparent that his school would no longer be a good fit for him because he was changing and developing so fast. He indeed changed schools after the study. His ATEC score went from low 30's to 19 in 6 weeks.

What is the "take home" about this study?

I have seen repeatedly that energy healing helps children who have trouble connecting with others to connect. It appears that energy healing helps the child to understand connection with others and then language follows as a tool for connection. This was true for this pilot study as well as with other children with similar diagnosises. 

Here is what the mom had to say about working with Amy during the pilot study:

“Amy was able to help stabilize Will’s fight or flight response and eliminate what was holding him back from seeking out meaningful connection with others. The changes were immediately noticeable after each session as he was more tuned in to the social scene; mimicking his brother, following friends around and wanting to do what they were doing, and we saw a spike in spontaneous language and shared enjoyment in activities. Over the course of the eight weeks she worked with him, these behaviors appeared more and more frequently and ultimately stuck, such that this is our new norm. It’s wonderful!

This is the before and after of Will. This is after 8 sessions of energy work.

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Here is the data/notes the mother provided about what she observed from her son:

12/19 (First session)

During session - lots of eye contact and saying hi to me 

Some hyper-ness/excitement but easy bedtime

Connected, good attention during bedtime story

12/20

Wowing OT with eye contact, direction following, communication. Drew a person on the chalkboard with her help 

Most words during bedtime stories ever

12/21 much more language and repeating, learning animal noises and responding consistently

Fell asleep fast

12/22 learning to say “want _____”

During session laughing and jumping at beginning, then serious and seeming distant sitting on couch (videos of both) 

Pretty good communication continued; said hi when Daddy and Jeffrey came home, put toothpaste on his toothbrush for first time 

Goofy and not talking much during books but fell asleep fast again

12/23 

Frustration and crying 

Not wanting to even sit on the potty 

Not wanting to eat anything but chocolate (but at least asking for it)

Replying appropriately when prompted 

Repeated I love you for the first time

12/24 and 12/25

Great responsiveness to practiced questions and prompting 

Sometimes checked out 

Engaged with Christmas presents

Excited noises and jumping

Not eating much

Pushing baby

Only pees on living room rug; very anti-potty

Very long bedtimes

12/26

Engaged and followed directions well at the zoo

Low spontaneous language

Excited noises and jumping 

Teeth grinding seems to be gone 

Associating “I love you” with hugs

12/27

Followed Jeffrey and Cassidy around all day, wanting to copy them 

Seemed aggressive at times, hair pulling 

Lots of eye contact

Good following directions

Got upset when I took the iPad away after he didn’t pee in the potty but calmed really well 

Putting toys in mouth while in bathtub

Peed in the potty!

12/28

Asked to help push cart at store

Peed in potty again just once, didn’t catch it other times

Pretty good communication 

Asked him to give a toy egg to Daddy and he did it with no prompting and just asking once 

Fell asleep fast

12/29

Not as socially tuned in

Good prompted language but little spontaneous

Excited jumping and noises

Energy session clearing birth story

Immediately after session, more spontaneous speech and interaction 

Big time speech 

Went to pee in potty on his own after bath and said “pee in potty”

Did great with books and said “I can’t” when he didn’t know a word. Never heard that before

12/30

Peed in potty first thing in the am after sitting for a long time with iPad

Good prompted language

Refused to wear undies at first but later tolerated and even teased me about taking them off

Pooped in the potty twice! And more pees. Only one pee accident 

Beginning to sit on the potty without iPad

12/31 

Continued potty progress 

Good language but would love to hear more 

ATEC 24 as scored by me

1/1

Good job using potty

Good awareness and prompted language 

Still wanting more language

1/2

Language and attention seem to have regressed. Lots of jumping and not very with it

1/3

Words seem to be there when prompted just not using much and seems to undergo patterns of being disconnected and interactive 

Still wish we had more spontaneous language 

After session - watched cars show at bedtime with a lot of interest

1/4

Colored picture with intention for first time

Baby’s gonna get ya game - tuned in and fun interaction with baby

1/5 

Played cooperatively with Jeffrey’s party guests making train tracks and building blocks

Good participation with party

Opening gifts 

Good language 

Good potty use

1/6

Okay day; a few potty accidents but many successes

Tuned in/out in waves

Decreased grunting 

Didn’t want dinner

Fell asleep fast

1/7

Another so-so day.

Good potty usage and following Michael in IKEA but also lots of jumping and noises. Few words until bedtime stories, which went well

1/8

Good social behavior at Jen’s 

Peed in Jen’s potty (first potty usage outside the home)

More language at home after

1/9

Lots of spontaneous language, asking for things “want _____” 

Back at school after winter break and still seemed connected afterward 

Gave me spontaneous kisses and asked for high five

1/10

Good spontaneous language and potty use continue 

Seems checked in at a higher level. Things like looking me in the eye and saying “want water” while holding the cup out to me

Great receptive language and following instructions 

Wanted to keep track of where Cassidy and Jeffrey were

Started using big potty with kid seat on it with great success

School says he picked back up with routines right away after winter break

1/11

Good spontaneous language and potty use at home

Held my hand going into school 

Said woof woof when he saw a dog while I was driving

Leaving school he cooperated when I said no to playing on the playground and held my hand to car 

Had two accidents at home and said “clean up” 

Was hurting me and I pretended to cry. He said “okay okay” and kisses me 

Put own pull-up on after bath 

Pointed to pictures in books upon request

1/12

Put pants on himself

Good language

Didn’t want to go to school

Soliciting high fives

1/13

Good language pairing “more ____” and “want _____” 

Pretty sure he said “phone... me” when he wanted my phone

1/14

Continued to be pleased with spontaneous language 

Interaction with Aedan at play date, Jeffrey at home was good

1/15 

Not as interactive 

Some language but not the wows we were getting last week

Not as good potty use; needed prompting

1/16

Visited Take a Break (Daycare)

Okay engagement, got more tuned in toward the end of the day

1/17

Way better tuned in

cleaned up and put away play-do without my asking

Helped with laundry unprompted; saw what I was doing and came to help

1/18 

Lots of good language and interaction

Visited Children’s House 

“Really different book experience tonight. He paid close attention and immediately said the animals name when I pointed at them. Very present.”

1/19 and 1/20

Subtle but noticeable behavioral changes. Less jumping and excited hand motions and noises. Not mouthing toys and bath time but playing with them appropriately. Noticing what Jeffrey is doing and copying. Not pushing the baby or aggressively teeth grinding at me.Kicking a ball and playing in yard rather than fixating on garage or cars. Practicing wearing undies but no success using potty while dressed. Acting more and more like a typical, though quiet, two year old.

1/21 Good engagement continues, fewer noises and baby pushing. Surprising us with phrases like referring to his potty seat as a potty hat. Interested in eggs and baking.

1/22 and 23 Good first day at Children’s House. Seems tuned in and using language, eye contact. Good potty use while wearing clothes. Seemed to understand the concept that Daddy was coming home; when dogs barked asked “Daddy?” Putting two words together more frequently like “more chips” and commenting on “car beep beep”. Doing 12 piece puzzles, painting, and coloring. Imitating and initiating games like high five and pushing him over on the bed. Fixating on potty and fish tank at school.

1/24,25,26

Super connected, great reports from new school. Reading books together at a higher level of interaction. Tons of eye contact

1/28 I scored ATEC 19

Has Amy done any other studies? Amy completed a study in 2016 on The Effects of Energy Work on People with Parkinson’s. To read more about the Parkinson's study, please go to: http://www.starktransformation.com/parkisons-study/

 

 

Other resources:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19315864.2012.681340

http://www.healing-arts.org/children/ATEC.htm#Childhood_Autism_Rating_Scale