Parents, family members, caretakers and educators all know the joys and difficulties of raising children with special needs. While child rearing is challenging in and of itself, those raising children born with conditions such as autism must overcome unique challenges they most likely have never faced before. In the instance of special needs, it can be difficult for parents to communicate with their child, or find ways to make their child feel safe, connected and happy. Using healing therapies on children with special needs may actually increase the ability for parents to calm and soothe their children, communicate with them, and use energy to connect on a deeper level.
How healing can help children and parents of children with special needs
Children are particularly receptive to energy fields around them, and often react emotionally to what they detect as energy imbalance. In cases of special needs children, those energy imbalances can feel greater, and/or result in greater emotional reactions.
In the cases of autism specifically, children can struggle with adapting to new routines, have various difficulties with communicating their emotions and feelings, or react differently to sensory stimulation. Children with ADD and ADHD struggle with their inner calmness in general, and deal with issues of needing specific stimulation. Those with Sensory Processing Disorders can be disturbed easily by sound, touch, or certain visual stimulations such as light. These disturbances can be so frustrating for them, and for parents who only want their child to be comfortable. This frustration can lead to anger and anxiety which manifests as panic attacks, lashing out, stonewalling, and even despair.
Healing therapy can work to fight these frustrations and anxieties. It can improve sleep, build greater self-awareness in parents and children, which in turn can boost confidence, and can support the overall health and immune system. Since healing is about balancing energies and finding inner peace, these methodologies can work especially well for those whose struggles are naturally inherent, and where outside stressors can trigger existing problems. Children can learn practices for combating imbalance with the help of their parents, and use these tools when going through particularly difficult times or having an episode and need calming.
Healing can also help parents to connect with their special needs child, which also reduces their own anxieties and frustrations. Knowing that healing therapy is something they can do together, and will improve the overall wellbeing of their child, will greatly diminish feelings of helplessness or anguish that parents may have. Being a parent with a special needs child can feel very isolating, and practicing healing therapies together as a family can bring back empowering and positive relationships between all members.
How to begin implementing healing therapies for your child with special needs
Reiki healing is known to be one of the most calming and stress relieving of energy therapies. Because of this, it is one of the best practices to use with children with special needs. In reiki healing, energy is transferred to the body by the performer, who in this case would be the parents and caretakers of the child. Through the concept of "laying of hands" that reiki derives from, touch can bring relaxation and soothing feeling to those who receive it.
In instances of children with special needs, they can often be comforted, as with all children, by the caress of their loved ones. Using reiki can take a greater advantage of this, in order to transfer restorative, positive energies to the child with needs. In some cases, specific areas of the body can be off-limits or actually induce anxiety when touched, and so careful consideration must be made for each child on a case by case basis.
To begin using reiki healing on your special needs child, you can begin by either testing results of using the healing practices while your child is asleep, or use hovering hands rather than direct touch. Easing them into trying a new practice will increase the likelihood that they are receptive to, and find positive results from, the therapy. Depending on your child's condition, you may focus first on the outer peripheries of the body such as legs, arms, hands, and feet. When comfortable, then you can move to the torso and back. Children especially struggling with ADD/ADHD and autism can benefit from Reiki on their heads, impacting the positive and calming energies of their brains. Reiki therapy can be especially beneficial for children who are somewhat or completely non-verbal, as it strengthens the ability for non-verbal communication between parent and child.
Parents of children with special needs often never stop searching for the best methods to help their child. The challenges presented by certain afflictions can cause a lot of pain and suffering for families, and the results are endless anxiety and emotional and mental imbalance. Using Reiki as a method for calming children with special needs will enhance the connection between you and your child, encourage communication, and improve the positive energies for both you and your family.
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