What is Autism

by Dana Massat, July 24, 2012

Facts about Autism

According to the “Autism Speaks” organization:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation $137 billion per year
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • Research suggests that the development of autism is rooted in very early brain development. However, in most cases, no one cause can be identified.

Autism Intervention and Therapy

The typical therapies offered for Autism only focuses on the social skills, language and communication, imitation, play skills, daily living and motor skills. “Emotion” is energy in motion, therefore when emotions are not flowing freely through the body, it causes dis-ease and symptoms rise to the surface. Symptoms are external signs that alert us when something inside of us is out of alignment. A therapy approach that focuses on addressing just the symptoms will not be a cure because the root cause is ignored. Many of the symptoms of Autism are directly connected to the emotional body and so far the emotional body is not addressed through the current therapies offered widely throughout the Autism Intervention Program. CranioSacral addresses all the of the “bodies”, the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual, thus allowing the “bodies” to find it’s Divine alignment and release the symptoms and obtain “ease” through the “bodies”.

Shamanic CranioSacral (energy healing) for Autism (my experience)

During my journey as a CranioSacral therapist, I have worked with many children experiencing distress and dis-ease in their “bodies” (emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual bodies). I have worked with ADD, ADHD, Autism, and many other behavioral, physical, and mental symptoms and have seen amazing shifts and changes in the child. I worked with a child that was extremely hyper and had almost no attention-span and with the CranioSacral treatments, he realigned into a peaceful and tranquil state of himself by releasing the low vibrational (negative) emotions that were trapped in his body.  I worked with a child that had many negative repeated behaviors and throughout our treatments he was able to come back to his true essence and release the patterns that were not serving his “highest self”. I truly believe he was able to release the negative patterns because for the first time he felt love and acceptance. He no longer felt judged, therefore he didn’t need defense mechanisms to protect himself from the world

When emotions are not being released from our body, symptoms are created and when the emotions are still not addressed dis-ease is created. All children need is a safe environment where they can be themselves through: compassion, unconditional love, and acceptance and they will THRIVE!

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