ETHAN’S HEALING FROM AUTISM
By Sam Hays
When Ethan was 4 yrs old, he was diagnosed with autism; in one way Jackie and I were sad but in another way wewere relieved that there was finally a reason for all these difficulties. We were told that Autism would be life longdisability for Ethan but with the right early intervention, Ethan would develop, but would always have challenges. Wespent the next six months getting all the early intervention support established while learning more about thisdisability. There was a massive amount of information available and many agencies offering help so it was hard toabsorb the information and know what was most important at the time. Caused by deficiencies in neural pathwaysin the brain, Autism generally manifests in three distinct areas: delayed speech development, delayed socialdevelopment (eg. No eye contact, lack of empathy, inability to read social cues and emotion), andrepetitive/obsessive behaivour (eg. Playing only with one toy to the exclusion of all others). Of course no childrenwill manifest all the same traits.
Ethan’s First Year at School
In 2008 when Ethan was 4.5 years, he attended the five day per week, fully funded early starters program at ourlocal public school. We knew this was going to be a challenge for Ethan but we had observed his positive progresswhen mixing with kids who were more advanced than he was. Due to his diagnosis, Ethan qualified for 20 hours perweek of teacher’s aide support at school. This was essential for his survival in the classroom, toileting, and on theplay ground - I thank God for the government’s generosity. Ethan was at the bottom of his school class in everyrespect; he had limited language, struggled to relate to his peers, and was very slow in his development.In April 2008 during a Christian conference in Sydney, I had a revelation that God wanted to heal my son fromAutism. As a Christian I always understood that Jesus was in the healing business, but I had not paused longenough throughout the diagnosis and support establishment period to consider that God’s healing might beapplicable to Ethan’s autism. I sensed God asking me this question:” Sam, what do you want me to do?” I said“Lord, I want you to heal Ethan of his Autism”. So from that moment on, I began praying in faith over Ethan for hishealing. A special team of staff at the conference also prayed for Ethan’s healing.
Ethan’s Healing Begins
When I returned home that weekend, I immediately saw small improvements in Ethan’s speech and behaivour. Itwas nothing spectacular but the changes were real and I was encouraged. God had heard my prayer by giving mea small sign within Ethan. I continued praying regularly for just a minute or so by laying hands on Ethan anddeclaring God's healing truth over his mind and nervous system, just as he was getting ready to sleep. There weremany ups and downs in the months that followed but
I thanked God for every small step forward for my son.Relatively rapid improvements kept happening in his speech, social skills, school work, and many other areas. Bymid 2008 his teacher reported that Ethan had been accepted by his peer group and that she was pleased with hisprogress. Although he was still at the bottom of the class in every area, we were encouraged by this report. I couldsee how God was working in Ethan and through his therapists, his teacher and our friends to accelerate hisdevelopment. See below how Ethan had a dramatic improvement is his colouring ability from Feb 08 to Sep 08.
Ethan’s colouring March 2008
Ethan’s colouring September 2008