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    Default EFT and Asperger's - an interesting article

    This came in my newsletter this a.m. and I thought it worth sharing for those who have children and other loved ones with this challenge. Hugs,

    Using EFT on Asperger’s Syndrome brings remarkable results for social anxiety

    Hi Everyone,

    Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a form of autism that is difficult to handle with conventional forms of therapy. However, Nikki Ball from the UK got quality results with only one EFT session. She says, "The following week I went to see him. His words were simply, 'that thing you did last week, it worked'."

    Hugs, Gary

    By Nikki Ball

    Dear Gary,

    As an Occupational Therapist working in mental health in the UK, I have worked with many people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) over the years. For those that are unaware of AS, it is a high functioning (milder form of) autism, the main area of difficulty lies in social functioning which means people have difficulty with social interaction and non-verbal communication.

    One client I worked with who had AS explained it to me like this, if your worst fear is spiders, then for a person with AS being in a room full of people is like being in a room full of man sized spiders! Well it may or may not be like that for everyone with AS, but that analogy certainly gave me a good insight.

    I mainly work with people with severe and enduring mental health problems. Asperger's Syndrome itself was not within the team referral criteria, so clients who were referred to me with AS, tended to have a secondary mental health problem as a result of AS, such as anxiety or depression.

    I worked with one particular young man called Tony (not his real name). He was in his early twenties, had moved out of the parental home and was generally trying to make a 'normal' life for himself i.e. get a job, make friends, meet a girlfriend etc.

    He was referred to me with severe anxiety and depression. Due to his AS he found it extremely difficult to be in social situations. He joined a social group with his dad in order to confront his fears. During one of our sessions he explained that he was due to go to a bowling evening later that week. He was terrified! He knew that he would have to be in a room full of people.

    When I work with people with any type of anxiety, I usually teach them breathing and relaxation techniques and use cognitive behavioural therapy. At this point I remembered the ‘spider’ analogy and think to myself, no amount of breathing techniques are going to help Tony in this instance and I’ve only got an hour with him to give him something that will make a difference.

    I’m not officially supposed to use EFT in my work as apparently it’s “not part of my job.” However, I have decided that if I can teach breathing techniques then I can teach people EFT as a relaxation technique and whatever they decide to do with it is up to them.

    So we went about our session exploring all the various aspects of the bowling evening that frightened Tony. I like to use the mind mapping exercise with the issue written in the middle and the aspects coming off from it. We rated each aspect and treated them in order, until he felt that his level of intensity was at zero out of 10 with the whole issue. I suggested he use the tapping over the next few days whenever he thought about going bowling and right before he went, in case there were any new aspects.

    The following week I went to see him. His words were simply, “that thing you did last week, it worked”. He had managed to go bowling without any fear at all, he hadn’t even done any tapping since our last session. I was pretty impressed and quite surprised that one session had such a big effect on an issue that had affected him his whole life.

    My observation with this client was that because his thinking was very black and white (a common AS trait) he didn’t have any reversals or complex hidden issues relating to the anxiety. It was purely anxiety about being in that social situation, which made it very straight forward to treat. Although his anxiety returned when faced





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    Pamela,

    Thnx for posting this. Good info. I forwarded it to DD. My grandson has Aspergers Syndrome. She emailed me back this morning saying she'd just received a book of EFT for other things. Hadn't thought about it in terms of her DS.

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    Oh good, Eileen. I thought there were some on this forum who would benefit from this info.

    hugs to you and yours,

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    Wonder how this would translate to little guys (2 and 4 years old)?? I'm assuming they'd have to be a lot more verbal and able to tap themselves to make this work, but maybe I'm missing something.

    They already receive craniosacral therapy on occasion during their OT sessions, but didn't consider EFT.

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    No, you can say the words and do the tapping for them! I believe there's a section of the forums at the EFT website devoted to using EFT with children.

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    No kidding!!!! I am going to have to check that out!

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    My children with autism and aspergers have done very well with help from The National Association for Child Development.

    Here's a link to an article I wrote and a prior t-tapp posting with info:

    http://forum.t-tapp.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=60394






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