Our daughter, Helen, was just seven years old. She had been diagnosed with Autism (ASD), Receptive Aphasia, Cognitive Disorder and severe speech and language delay. We were told by an Educational Psychologist to ‘put her in a special school and forget about her’ and concentrate on her older sister. OUCH!
Her attention span could be counted in seconds rather than minutes, she was hyperactive, had virtually no eye contact and only her close family could understand her poor speech. She was isolated, withdrawn and fearful of any new person, environment or experience. She has had digestive problems which aggravated her behaviour. Going on a simple shopping trip or a short holiday were virtually impossible as her behaviour made them extremely stressful. We were desperate to help her, and us, as our lives were almost intolerable.
Then we found Clive, our Sunflower Practitioner. The first consultation consisted largely of Helen marauding around the room in her usual uncontrollable manner, refusing to cooperate with even basic requests and talking in her own special brand of gibberish – whilst Clive tried to establish her medical background. It was a very stressful hour. Clive was not sure if he could help but was willing to try. So were we.
After a one-hour break, we embarked on our second session. Helen was feeling a little more at home and agreed to lie on the couch but only on top of me, Mum. Amazingly, she allowed Clive to touch her. He proceeded to assess her cranium, spine and pelvis. Lots of things were ‘in the wrong place’. Clive manipulated her head, neck, spine and pelvis. She gradually began to look and feel more relaxed. Her eyes looked clearer and her face looked less stressed and happier. The journey home was quiet and calm, a novel experience for us.
A few days later, Helen touched her forehead and the back of her neck and declared ‘the hurt is gone’. We did not know she had a ‘hurt’ as she had never told us but we did know she was calmer, sleeping better and speaking more clearly since her session. Her teachers had also noticed improvements in her attention span, level of cooperation and eye contact. This was after just one session. We decided to continue and see where it might lead.
On subsequent visits, Clive was still unable to work on Helen directly so Mum was used as a surrogate – a new approach, which was a learning curve for us all but she continued to improve over the ensuing months. It has been a long, bumpy road at times but we have never doubted that the programme was hugely beneficial and today we have a different daughter.
Update: Helen is now 12 years old. She is physically very robust and well. Although still ‘Statemented’ she is in a mainstream school, which she loves, and has been elected class vice captain. She is popular, friendly and outgoing, loves new experiences and learning new skills. She has been on a residential outbound course and a 4-day trip to France. Her speech is clear and her reading has improved enormously. Even family holidays are great now! We still see Clive about 4 times a year to keep Helen balanced. She tells us when she needs to see him and as she says, quite simply, “Clive has magic hands. He takes the hurt away and makes me feel better”.
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