Energy Healing for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

In the Fall 2003 edition of Potential Magazine - a publication of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in an article entitled 'Hands that Heal: Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Investigate Whether Energy Therapy Can Benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities' researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (a Johns Hopkins affiliate) outline their efforts at using energy healing to treat children with developmental disabilities such as autism.

(Note that the Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.)

The article describes the reaction of the mother of an autistic child who was just treated with energy therapy by my teacher, Rosalyn Bruyere, as follows:

"Whatever it was she did, it really relaxed him, because he just zonked out," says Yolanda Day, mother of 3-year-old Maliq. "Something must have happened, I just don't know what."

"Although Mrs. Day hasn't noticed much of a difference in Maliq's communication abilities, she did see one very significant change in his overall health: her son's twice-monthly asthma attacks stopped, and he's only had to use his nebulizer once. "No one told her he had asthma, so I thought it was weird that she spent so much time on his chest, since autism mostly affects the brain," says Mrs. Day."

The article describes energy therapy as follows:

"Energy therapy relies on the scientific principle that all living organisms exude energy, and that it is possible for that energy to be disrupted. "All of us have had an experience where we've had someone walk up behind us and, without seeing anything at all, we knew they were there," says Lana Warren, Ed.D., Vice President of Clinical Programs and Inpatient Services at Kennedy Krieger. "That's someone entering into our energy field." The study involving Maliq and Malcolm is one of several current Kennedy Krieger studies designed to determine whether energy can be used to help children with developmental disabilities better achieve their potential."

"The Institute launched the current studies to determine whether the therapy has value for patients with developmental disabilities as it would do for any other potentially beneficial therapy, Sharon Reeves (R.N., M.A.S., M.S.N., chief healthcare executive at Kennedy Krieger) says. "A fundamental underpinning for all of us as clinicians is that we have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about each and every care delivery model that could make a difference in our kids' and their families' lives," she says. "This is something that has been practiced for many years and proven to cause no harm. When we're presented with something that's safe and could make a difference, we have a responsibility to provide the best and to explore beyond the traditional treatment methods."

Here are a few more stories from parents whose children are involved in the energy therapy studies at the Kennedy Krieger Institute:

"Kenny Jones was 2 years old when he toppled into a neighbor's swimming pool in August 2000 and nearly drowned. The resulting spasticity in his limbs left the once-active toddler curled in a tight, fetal position. Kenny's two weeks of energy therapy with Rosalyn Bruyere complemented his traditional rehabilitation program.

"My husband and I were a little skeptical at first, but then we started seeing Kenny's body unfold and grow like a flower does from a seed," says mother Karenna Jones. "I don't know how energy therapy works, but it does. His muscles were so tight before, and now he's much more relaxed. He can sit up in a wheelchair, has been fishing on a boat, and started therapeutic horseback riding in June. I don't believe he'd have gotten there without energy therapy."

"Several parents of children with autism noticed their children relaxing more after meetings with Bruyere. "Ian's always been pretty high strung, and he was much calmer for a good two weeks after he met with Rev. Bruyere," says Jennifer Haupt, mother of the five-year-old boy. "And before he saw her, he'd never turn his head and acknowledge you when you called his name. He still does that 80 percent of the time."

"Mrs. Day noticed similar changes in her older son Malcolm. "He does a little better with listening and comprehending if someone says Look over here!' and points, he'll turn around and do it now. He never would before," she says."

In my experience working with children, they are very open and responsive to energy healing. They are tentative at first because it is something new to them, but once they are familiar with it they welcome it.

For children who are always on the go, it can be difficult initially getting the child to be still enough to begin an energy therapy session. But once once they do, they typically experience an immediate and profound sense of relaxation. It's as if someone turned off their power switch!

It can be useful for children (and parents) that are a little shy about an energy therapy session to have their parent's hands on them while the energy practitioner works. Parents can then feel the same energy as the child and can receive benefit from the energy as well.

As energy healing has been proven to be effective for symptoms of other brain-related disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and dementia (see Evidence for more information), it's just a matter of time before it's statistically proven to be effective for children's brain-related disorders such as autism.

Energy healing is unique in that certain energy healing techniques can be used to both (a) increase the flow of energy in the brain and (b) increase the amount of energy in the brain in a safe, natural, and side-effect-free manner.

The full text of the article is available here.