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Using EFT for severe mental retardation
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Using EFT for severe mental retardation
Hi Everyone, This is a vitally important contribution by Dr. Patricia Carrington because it shows, in clear terms, the value of EFT in the most challenging of circumstanc es (severe mental retardation). Pat engagingly describes the use of EFT on "Anita" by Sandi Radomski (a dear friend of both Pat's and mine) in a way that allows us to truly appreciate the healing steps. The procedures involved include EFT as well as Pat's use of "Choices" which, as it turns out, was instrumental in bringing Anita some much needed benefits. The Editors
By Dr. Patricia Carrington Dear List, Gary has many times advised us to try EFT on everything and find out what happens. This advice theoretically inc ludes every known medic al or psychiatric condition, but not very much experimenting has been done on using EFT in this area — at least not yet. From time to time, however, c ase reports come in that suggest potential c linical benefits from this technique that are, to say the least, surprising. The following c ase, which was recently described to me by Sandi Radomski, MSW, is one of them. “Anita” was born with only a partial 5th c hromosome in her DNA chain and several other chromosomal abnormalities. This is a serious birth defec t which results in severe mental retardation and often in physic al impairment as well. Today at 10 years of age, she is the size of a 6 year old and has microcephaly — that is, her head is tiny and malformed. Anita has no speech other than grunts, but as an infant she emitted strange high-pitc hed sounds which are characteristic of children with this c ondition and which have given rise to its medical name, “Cri du Chat”, because the child’s typic al wail can be reminiscent of the cry of a c at. She is thought to have almost no c apacity to learn or remember what is taught to her. She has seemed, in effect, like a “wild c hild”, darting here and there with no apparent control. At home, Anita has had to be confined to narrow quarters bec ause if she ran through the house to her grandmother’s quarters downstairs, she was, acc ording to her mother, “like a bull in a china shop”. When Sandi first saw her she had never been able to concentrate long enough to be read to and would not watch even the simplest of cartoons on TV. Her sc hool considered her unreachable and has simply played a custodial role with her. Her “wildness” has been so extreme that Anita could not sit in a restaurant without her arms being held lest her involuntary arm movements dump the water and food. In many respec ts she was a nonfunctional c hild. As fortune would have it, Anita's parents brought her to my good friend Sandi Radomski (who is an expert at these energy proc edures). Sandi had no idea what she could do for a condition with suc h clear-cut physical origins but, always ready to try energy psychology on any problem and on the assumption that this c hild might not be as hopeless as she seemed to be, Sandi began work with her. When the little girl came to the office with her mother, Sandi gently tapped Anita’s EFT points and also certain acupoints along the spine which she regularly uses in her treatments. Anita, who ordinarily c an’t stand to be touc hed, remained quiet while Sandi tapped and while she soothingly repeated (as she held vials of various possible allergy causing substanc es against the child’s skin) “Even though you may have bad reactions to these substances… .. you LIKE yourself.” She followed this by a round of tapping on Anita’s EFT points while repeating the negative portion of the set-up phrase only, “bad reactions to substances… .bad reactions to substances… ”. After this she did one complete round of tapping using only the positive portion of the set-up phrase. “You choose to like yourself.” And finally she did a complete round of tapping in which she
as she taps each point. however. Anita came direc tly over to Sandi. Anita. is to end up doing many rounds using a POSITIVE reminder phrase only. and began tapping the “sore spot” on Sandi’s upper chest. One of these corresponds to the name of a toy she has been playing with.11-12-2010 Using EFT for severe mental retardation alternated the negative reminder phrase (at one acupoint) and the positive reminder phrase (at the next. “Now we’ll have to find her. using phrases such as. but she did so in as gentle and reassuring a way as possible. Anita’s body often writhes in serpentine movements whic h reflect her very primitive neural organization.” But when they walked out into the waiting room. this would seem to be a form of rudimentary speec h. but had used the correct sequenc e. now she could enjoy the run of the house without going wild and destroying things. But this was not all that seemed to have c hanged. you choose to be able to talk.eftuniverse. “Lee-lee”. The child’s mother had already been shown how to use EFT at home with Anita and advised to do this daily. listening to her grandmother read one of the storybooks that had been placed in the room for c hildren. Anita was sitting cuddled up to her grandmother. they were startled by what they saw. Sandi’s way of working with disturbed children is to remain tapping on eac h ac upoint as long as the child will tolerate it — she just keeps going to let the child absorb the treatment. when it came time for Sandi to take a case history from the mother. the child became inc reasingly quiet. She was listening to a story for the first time in her life! Her grandmother had been reading her the same story over and over again because she had been afraid to move lest the spell be broken and the c hild start darting around again. Sandi would say things like. soon after she had entered the office. not using any partic ular words with the treatment but just using the tapping sequence. and she did do so faithfully. reached out. then she tapped under one of Sandi’s eyes. the c hild’s eyes lit up.. She could have run anywhere. however. When the family left. During this and subsequent sessions Sandi addressed the issue of Anita’s inability to speak. When they had concluded the parent interview. She will vary the wording ac cording to her own intutive sense of what the c hild needs to hear at that point. with her head on the woman’s shoulder. After she had done a considerable amount of tapping on Anita. When she reac hed the stage of all-positive affirmations during the tapping. She had also broken precedent by being able to sit in front of TV and watch cartoons — unheard of before. as the rounds c ontinue.com/index. “Even though it’s hard for you to talk. At home the mother found it necessary to have Anita lie on her back (which she did willingly and seemed to enjoy) and she allowed her mother to straddle her. in this way putting weight on her arms to keep them from automatic ally flailing and disturbing the tapping. the first new sounds she has made in many years. they seemed to sparkle — a strong c ontrast to the seeming deadness of the eyes when Sandi had first seen this little girl. you choose to be calm and confident and learn to communic ate" (the family is preparing to buy her a computer designed for handicapped children who cannot talk). was led out to the waiting room to wait with her grandmother while the intake conference was conducted. “You’ll be able to tell us whatever you want to tell us… ” and when she said these good things (repeating the positive phrases) the little girl’s eyes fixed on Sandi’s face — rather than darting around haphazardly as was her usual way. “Even though you’re hyper.”. Anita liked the process and became still when this was done with her. At the next session. and. The striking thing was that this was a c hild who was not supposed to be able to learn and remember! She had not only remembered the EFT. when they saw that Anita’s family had stopped to eat there too and there they were sitting at a table. and then on Sandi’s chin — her way of indicating that she wanted Sandi to do EFT with her. and Anita was clearly showing her receptivity to the treatment. and the child became quieter. and as the latter continued to say the positive phrases to her and tap. The remarkable thing was that Anita was sitting quietly and eating with them and had no need to be held! This was another first. now seemingly peaceful. a variation of EFT described in detail in the Choic es Manual. Finally. Sandi was using the “Choices Trio”.You love yourself… ”. and sinc e she repeats it when holding the toy. Anita no longer needed to be “confined to her quarters” or escorted down to her grandmother’s. She looked directly into Sandi’s eyes. and by the next session was able to report several unusual occurrences. No sooner had they entered the restaurant. After only five treatments (she comes onc e every three weeks because the family lives at a distanc e). saying such things as: “You’re a good girl… . her mother now reports that Anita has added two new sounds to her repertoire. Sandi was able to use the tapping with her. they are not completely humanoid movements and are medically caused by her birth defect. Sandi and her own family decided to go to dinner at a loc al restaurant. the mother said. After the family left the second session. the mother continued daily use of EFT with Anita. The other is also an appropriate word-like sound — she is now www.php?view=… 2/3 . This time Sandi too had to sit astride Anita in order to keep her still enough to receive the tapping. Her tendency.
eftuniverse.php?view=… 3/3 . sometimes for life. Her mother also reports that Anita is now able to walk with her through the supermarket rather than needing to be confined to riding in the shopping c art — another first for this child. Did Anita incorporate the positive suggestions Sandi made to her about “choosing to talk”? We do not know but this is certainly a possibility. so that a condition doesn’t resurfac e We still have much to learn here.11-12-2010 Using EFT for severe mental retardation repeating the first syllable of her aunt’s name (twic e) when approac hing her aunt. While the technique must continue to be used to maintain its benefits. the same applies to many medic ations which must be continued. Just how far she can be helped toward a normal life is not known.com/index. Paul Swingle (2000). Her case brings to mind the highly effective use of EFT administered at home to preschool epileptic children in the study by Dr. with her mother tapping on her every morning and every night. and its use must be frequent and regular (both essential points to note). but these are highly promising findings indeed. With best wishes. Many of these children also suffered from physiologic al defec ts. muc h to the latter’s delight. in fact. and the development is clearly encouraging. but when EFT was administered to them a number of times every day by their parents — whenever it was felt that a seizure might be imminent — there was a dramatic reduc tion in seizure frequenc y. daily EFT in conjunction with office treatment has brought about a gratifying improvement in the quality of life for this little girl and her family. but the revolutionary fac t is that even with a c ongenital (inborn) c ase of severe retardation based on a chromosomal defect and consequently with a very dim prognosis. Pat Carrington www. It has. had an impact on her functioning in areas that previously had been given up as hopeless. Anita’s therapy continues. Something is going on at a profound level when EFT is regularly administered to such children.
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