In Autism Treatment, Belief Is Everything
When I first began to get the word out about Autism: The Spiritual Approach to Intervention®, I felt a bit isolated in this work. But the more I shared about the miraculous results we were achieving in our work, the more practitioners and parents came forth to discuss their own experience of the relationship between autism and spirit. We are forming supporting partnerships worldwide with practitioners who know that spirit is and has been the missing piece in providing complete and effective autism interventions, not replacing but enhancing and achieving exceptional outcomes in traditional autism therapy.
In my recent interview with Hay House author Andrea Libutti, M.D. on our Autism Spiritual Approach Blog Talk Radio Show, Andrea pointed out that as an emergency room doctor, it was her own journey with her son diagnosed with autism that led her to exhaustive research on all modalities available. Andrea details her discoveries in Awakened by Autism. Finding a way to bridge the worlds of science and spirit is the key, as Andrea emphasizes.
We are based in fear when we push a child to comply. We are based in love when we connect with a child and ensure him that he is accepted. We can both accept a child for who he is and lovingly encourage his progress. That’s how the SAI tools can support you at home and in the classroom.
So how does this all fit into the 4-step autism spiritual approach process? In my own work with children on the autism spectrum, I have faced over and over again with one question from parents and providers—how? How do we build the bridge between traditional autism therapies and spiritual approaches? The steps to Autism: The Spiritual Approach to Intervention® came about to answer the how question.
The Four Steps to Success in Autism
What is the spiritual definition of success in autism? Simply, success is creating connection, acceptance, love, joy and peace in our work and play with children on the spectrum at home and in the classroom.
Here’s a quick look at the 4-step process as outlined in my simple to use a guidebook, Children of the Cosmos.
Step 1 Helps us reduce burnout and find the energy we need to do the work.
Step 2 Identifies our Spirit Temperament™. Make simple adjustments in your environment and the child’s—removing obstacles to success and reducing irritants to the child’s sensory system.
Step 3 Provides tools to calm behaviors by identifying a child’s unmet need. Where there is challenging behavior, there is an unmet need. Some behaviors are related to the autism spectrum. Others are typical challenging behaviors. This formula allows us to calm the behavior no matter the source.
Step 4 Provides visualization tools.Through a variety of visualizations, we can shift our perspective and view of our child, alter the messages we are giving out, and establish a more consistent and meaningful connection with a child in our care.
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It may sound like following 4 steps for anything when we are already overwhelmed with so much information on autism is a lot. It’s not. The 4-step process is simple, easy and actually, makes life easier for us. Dr. Nguyen Phan, a family physician, and father of a son diagnosed with autism explained the ease of using the Autism Spiritual Approach when he recently joined our radio show discussion on March 10. Dr. Phan pointed out that he was able to choose just one of the Autism: SAI tools, a simple visualization, and feel a closer connection to his son as a result. He used his intuition, chose a visual that he was excited about and just did that one thing. He felt good about the fact that doing something so simple could make him feel closer to his son.
Feel Better and Help a Child on the Autism Spectrum
Therapeutic visualization is a big part of how we use the spiritual approach. Imagine how you feel when you begin to wake from a nightmare. Your body is filled with adrenaline. This physiological change is the result of a visual. The pictures that formed a nightmare. Positive visualization works the same way. When we visualize the best for our child, imagine a deeper connection, whatever loving, positive picture we hold, our body changes. The stress hormones reduce. Quite simply, we feel better. And when we feel better whether we are at home, in the classroom or in the therapeutic setting, the good feeling transfers to the child. We remove the obstacles that may have been preventing more cooperation. Often, we see results right away. But even when we don’t, we can be assured that our child feels the change, perceives our efforts and feels more loved and accepted. That is no small thing. Getting started is easy. Use your own intuition to choose one tool to try. See how it works for you. Then, go back into the Autism Spiritual Approach toolbox and choose another.
Questions? Listen in or call into our Autism: Spiritual Approach Radio every Friday at noon MTN time or listen to the archived shows.
You’ll love how it feels.
You’ll love how it works even more.