Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome?

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome? It has been said recently that Mothers of autistic children, more than mothers of other disabled children suffer as much stress on a daily basis as a combat soldier according to a report in the journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  The constant fear and worry of caring for someone on the autistic spectrum is relentless as they face an ongoing struggle to make society understand their child even though at times they struggle to cope and understand themselves.  Because autism is ‘invisible’ it is difficult for others to understand and despite the fast rising numbers of people now being diagnosed (1 in 88) there is still much ignorance out there as to how to address this disability and the impact it has on those affected.

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Research has not come up with answers to the cause of this dramatic increase in numbers although a genetic vulnerability seems likely due to environmental factors out there.  Families assume they will be given answers and help once a diagnosis is finally given but this is not the case.  Support is non-existent at worst and sporadic at best.  Medical practitioners understand little of this disability; education cannot cope with the demand for specialist units therefore the child has to muddle through often missing out on an academic education as their specific needs go unaddressed.  Less than 22% of teachers have had basic autism awareness training according to a National Autistic Society study.  Further down the line colleges offer ‘life skill’ courses which do little to enable them to find employment.  There are only 13% of people with autism in employment compared to 50% of learning disabled.  This has nothing to do with their ability to work but in sustaining employment due to lack of understanding of employers, often not getting past the interview stage or due to the many myths surrounding autism  that people believe.

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers SyndromeFor those with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA) life can be extremely difficult.   AS is a communication and socialisation disorder and is not accompanied with a learning disability.  Therefore, they are aware of their difficulties which can lead to depression, low self-esteem and lack of confidence as they struggle to make themselves understood in a society that just thinks they are ‘odd’ or assumes they are learning disabled.

Our aim is to provide a service which will be widely recognised as an effective, simple and cost effective intervention for the management of the everyday challenges AS individuals and their families face.

Our programme will be augmented with multiple treatments designed to accommodate or remediate the social and adaptive social skill deficits AS have that have an impact on their wellbeing and pose as barriers to them experiencing a fulfilling life.

How Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome? Hypnosis will be used to purposely alter symptoms through physical relaxation and causing a heightened state of awareness.  This will narrow and intensify a focus of concentration and perception while diminishing awareness of peripheral stimuli.

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers SyndromeAS find everyday life difficult as they have an overload of senses which others can ‘blank out’ concentrating on only what is immediately important.  The AS cannot determine what should take priority which causes the ongoing stress and anxiety to manifest.

Anxiety builds up due to external or internal sensory stimuli in the brain which can lead to temper outbursts, irritability, pacing, agitation etc which then creates tremendous stress.  This behaviour is unacceptable in society and can lead to alienation and enforced solitary preoccupation.

By using hypnosis in this way it will also have a beneficial impact on other areas in their lives.  It can increase confidence, raise self-esteem, modify inappropriate behaviours, aid insomnia, banish feelings of low self-worth and deal with depression.  This list is by no means exhaustive as each individual will present with their own unique set of challenges which will be dealt with on an individual basis.

AS often have a discrepancy in their language skills.  They may have adequate language but can lack good conversational skills which impacts on their social – emotional development.  This leads to isolation in their home life and school/work life with no practical real life ‘hands on’ experiences.  They find it difficult to cope with natural, unplanned occurrences which happen in every day real life.   They often don’t know how to articulate through speech what is in their mind and require a great deal of understanding and patience which we can provide using our own personal experiences and skills.

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers SyndromeFamilies of AS too are affected by the challenges of coping with their loved one.  They may feel guilt, stress, worry, anger, inadequacy, despair, helplessness – the list is endless and they too can benefit from hypnosis and stress management.  They are often overlooked and expected to manage which can have a detrimental effect on their mental wellbeing.  The divorce rate is 60% higher than the national average amongst parents with an autistic child and as many as 1 in 3 become single parent families as the stress of living with autism becomes too much to bear and this invariably results in the carer (normally the mother) being unable to work or can only work part time around their child’s needs.  National figures shows 70% of carers are unemployed and only 11% are able to work full time.  Having a restricted income just adds to the daily stress of living with autism.  Siblings are often overlooked but they too are impacted by autism often foregoing holidays and family days out if their autistic sibling cannot cope.  This can lead to resentment then guilt and they too would benefit from the therapies we offer.

Giving parents and carers the tools and techniques to manage their stress will improve their mental wellbeing and enable them to cope better with the daily challenges of living with autism.  The person with AS or HFA too will benefit greatly from these therapies as it will address their individual needs and enable them to lead a more fulfilling life.

Can Hypnosis Help Aspergers Syndrome?

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18 Comments

  • Wow. I am totally amazed about this. I have read about so much stuff over the years about soooooooo many things. Have you seen that movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton? Well, this one movie in particular is about some people of variousbackgrounds, who get together to form and win a gospel competition.
    To continue, in this movie, Queen Latifah’s character has a son with Asberger’s. From what I’ve seen in movies about people with Asberger’s, it seems like their minds are like movie soundtracks where the music does not stop. Or, a record player that doesn’t stop playing.
    I wonder if that is true. If it is, that is a nightmare. I don’t know if this is true or not but I heard that diseases like these are incurable. And, people with AAutism, Asberger’s, etc. are treated with pills. It seems like there are pills for everything!
    That, too is horrible. Maybe hypnosis is one way to combat pill usage.

  • Yvonne Daly

    Reply Reply May 25, 2014

    Hey, Thanks for your comments. Fortunately not all people with Asperger’s are on medication. You see, it is not a disease – you can’t catch it – it’s just a different way of thinking and seeing the world around us. Many people with Asperger’s are highly intelligent and have made real differences in the world. Think of Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Mozart, Andy Warhol and Bill Gates, these are just a few of those suspected of having Asperger’s. These people have made positive contributions to the world as they are often able to ‘think outside the box’ and don’t always conform like the rest of us. Unfortunately many people with Asperger’s experience high anxiety which can manifest in many different ways which often make up the traits associated with Asperger’s. We have found that using hypnosis and other alternative therapies have a positive affect and can alleviate many of these traits without resorting to prescriptive drugs and the accompanying side effects that often go with them.

  • Hannah

    Reply Reply May 26, 2014

    We are lucky in the UK that if our children have Aspergers or Autism we receive government benefits to help ease the cost of raising a child on the spectrum. Getting them statemented is another issue that I won’t go into here. Hypnosis sounds logical with what I know of the Spectrum.

  • Yvonne Daly

    Reply Reply May 27, 2014

    Hi Hannah. Yes many parents are unable to work because of their caring commitments and many people with Autism are able to work but don’t get the opportunity to due to the lack of awareness and employers assuming they will have to spend a whole load of money adapting their workplace. We go into companies and show them that ‘reasonable adjustments’ that can be made cost little or no money, just a common sense approach as we find the biggest barrier is ignorance as to what Autism and Asperger’s actually is and how it impacts on the individual. Unfortunately the new benefit replacing DLA is very unsympathetic to those with Autism and it appears many will lose their entitlement. The questions are geared mainly towards physical disabilities and how that impacts on their day to day living. It does not address the behavioural and psychological issues many with Autism experience. Autism is not an illness and therefore many rarely have to see their GP so unless they sign up for therapy sessions like the ones we offer then they will have to state they receive no therapy interventions and therefore will not be entitled to additional financial help.

  • Aspie

    Reply Reply May 28, 2014

    I have a lot of trouble being hypnotized. I’m not sure if it’s my condition or if I’m just not easily hypnotized. I do find it’s easier to go under when I’m working one on one is with a professional rather than in a group.

  • Terry

    Reply Reply May 28, 2014

    I really think it can help for the social problems kids with aspergers has. I wouldn’t say it will actually get them to stop with their problems, but I really think hypnosis can help those who suffer from aspergers to accept themselves and not worry about anyone who wants to hurt their feelings.

  • Raymond

    Reply Reply May 30, 2014

    My 15 y/o daughter is high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome and hypnotherapy has worked well for her. From observing her behavior, I can say it’s brought about an attitude of independence and mastery in coping within her.

  • Drew

    Reply Reply June 1, 2014

    I am 22 and have Asperger’s. I’ve used hypnotherapy for confidence and to help me expand my diet as my food choices were very restrictive. It has made me feel calmer and I don’t get as agitated as I used to and can control my anger better, thinking it through rather than flying off the handle at the least thing. The relaxation techniques have been very beneficial during exams and job interviews.

  • Dani

    Reply Reply June 1, 2014

    Aspergers is a condition I see being helped by hypnosis, but not curing it or anything like that. I really think it’d be great to help get kids and adults with aspergers out of their comfort zone by doing hypnosis, but I doubt they’ll fully change the way they think, so you have to use hypnosis into a direction that’ll help, if that makes any sense.

  • Drew

    Reply Reply June 3, 2014

    I know I will always have Asperger’s as there is no known cure but hypnosis has given me some techniques and strategies to help me cope with it better and feel more positive. I feel much more calmer as I used to get stressed trying to ‘fit in’ which just alienated people further away from me. I’m much more relaxed about it all and realise I should just be myself and accept people will like me for who I am and not who I am trying to be.

  • Amy Hamilton

    Reply Reply June 8, 2014

    The idea is I can see that it could help kids with aspergers actually talk to other kids. It may not stop kids from acting out, but it may make them comfortable enough to actually go out and talk to other kids, maybe make friends. Hopefully to the point where they wont worry so much about what other kids say.

  • Mark Pliskin

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    My son has Aspergers, but I think it makes him special. I wouldn’t want him to change too much, maybe just to change in a way of making him more social and less scared in school and such. I dealt with school problems back in my day and I wouldn’t want my son to deal with it either.

  • Greg Jackson

    Reply Reply June 13, 2014

    It is an interesting thing to think about, to be able to actually get a child who suffers from Aspergers or Autism to be comfortable with whom they are and not worry about bullies and hate from other kids. It’s not going to be easy, but I really and truly believe that hypnotherapy can help in some way.

  • Maggie West

    Reply Reply June 15, 2014

    I have a cousin who has just been diagnosed with Aspergers and he acts up a lot, always gets into serious fits if he doesn’t get his way or if he’s too stressed out. If hypnosis can really help him overcome said problems, I’d be happy to suggest it to my family and see what they think.

  • Jeremy

    Reply Reply June 15, 2014

    I am truly interested in this subject. Aspergers and Autism are starting to show up in kids more often these days because doctors actually look into it these days. I know how kids with such problems act, and it’s hard to handle sometimes. I don’t have kids with either, but I know family and friends who have children with one or the other and they have to deal with so much. It’s hard and I truly wonder if hypnosis can be of help to calm kids down.

  • Steve M

    Reply Reply June 18, 2014

    Hypnosis has certainly helped my 16 yr old son with his meltdowns. We were at our wits end and his mother could not cope with him especially when he was regularly suspended from school. He also attack his older sister physically and verbally calling her the most horrendous names. Afterwards when he calmed down he would show remorse but this was short lived as the least thing could set him off again. He just seemed to have no control over his temper going from 0 – 60 in seconds. We don’t believe in medication as that only masks the problems and the long term effects and side effects scared us. A friend suggested alternative therapies and although we were dubious at first we decided to give it a go. We couldn’t find a suitable therapist who understood autism locally but eventually found one 3 hours drive away. It has made such a difference to all our lives as he is so much calmer and in control of his own feelings. Best of all he enjoys going and we treat it as a family day out now. It has saved our sanity and our marriage and his sister isn’t afraid to invite friends over now for fear of him exploding and embarrassing her. This is a much safer alternative to drugs and much more cost effective in the long run.

  • Mnedy Donoho

    Reply Reply August 26, 2017

    I think I have contacted you in the past, but we could not link up for some reason. I asked for tapes to help my son at home he is high functioning living with Asperger’s. He has Severe anxiety and stress, low self steam, no confidence in himself. He also has slow processing with only may the anxiety and stress worse. I have finally got the school to realize slow processing is a real thing, but I would like the tapes to help is anxiety and stress and confidence. I think they were 300.00 but I lost the email. If you can help please let me know. We live in the USA and I am on disability so I didn’t have the money before he needs the help so I will find it. I do believe that is the only answer for him to have a normal life.

    • Biodun

      Reply Reply October 10, 2017

      Yes sure feel free to get in touch should you want to proceed

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