Post-October training – results

 

Sorry about the absence – just finished our training weekend and managed to get a cold yesterday which developed into a stonker today, but the show must go on…

On the training there were the following demos:
1 x 30 year old man with ARFID (seen a hypnotherapist for 6 sessions and had a course of CBT) – proceeded to eat food

1 x 10 year old boy – proceeded to eat food

1 x 14 year old teen who had a problem with eating in front of people, some introversion issues, anxiety problems (and also had a brother with some selective eating issues too)… they took the food to another room and ate it there. He wanted his eyes open so we did the non-hypnosis option. The volunteer also had some anxiety around eating in front of others so went next door to taste the food, so that part was not taped.

I have set up another forum for students of the training to discuss cases, share stories, F&Q webinars and it will be exciting to see how they develop the 4Rs in their own ways. I will be sharing bits and pieces of that forum here.

 

Video clips are available on:

and

https://www.facebook.com/ARFIDFastTreatment/  (Jack 10 years old)

 

 

 

 

Results despite…

I get testimonials all the time but thoughts I’d mention this because t also makes an important point – we never know what will happen. Her son was:
* sceptical / dubious (shows its possible to persuade otherwise)
* on autistic spectrum ( I often get asked whether it works if ASD)
* sensory processing in other areas too (goes to show its not a ‘set’ thing but the brain can perceive things differently.
* wanted eyes open (inner mind wary of losing control)…. and you can still potentially get results after an hour.
 
Sarah F
22 July at 22:25 2018
So first post in here… i have a 14 nearly 15 year old son who for the last ten years has been getting worse with his eating, flatly refusing foods before he’s even seen them, saying he doesnt like them or they will make him sick, and cutting down to bread, chicken nuggets, cereal (only two sorts) and a few other foods, i have has all the ‘helpful’ advice such as offer him a meal and nothing else if he was hungry he would eat, to just cook him what he wants so he eats etc but it wa starting to seriously impact his life, losing weight, not socialising, not eating at school so getting into trouble for not concentrating etc in the last week we have had a diagnosis from the hospital of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SPD and ARFID. My friend had a friend who had been to see Felix and recommended that i tried him, i made an appointment for yesterday and even to the point of getting to the front door my son was adamant he couldnt try any of the food, getting us both upset, hes at the age where emotions come out as anger and i just wanted to cry! In his own words “going to see felix would be a waste of money and there was no point whatsoever”! Well an hour later he HAPPILY tried yoghurt with fruit in (he had taken it out of the shopping basket twice!), pineapple and pasta with sauce. I cried! Tonight he has tried garlic bread with cheese, mozarella sticks, italian potatoes, bbq chicken pizza AND lasagne, neary sobbed in the resaturant, all with a smile on his face! I get hes not going to like everything and we have a long way to go but hes tried more in two days than the last two years, so if you are debating whether to try felix please give it a go i hope it works for you like it has for me 😍😍😍 one happy mum xxx

Clip – ‘open version’ (non-hypnosis) with 2 children

There has been a lot of discussion recently on my SED/ ARFID forums from parents worrying that their children will not want engage with my therapy because they will not want to be hypnotised. I pointed out that most children I work with opt for the non-hypnosis option in any case. As I happened to be seeing two different children in the last few days who specifically did not want to be hypnotised and who fortunately agreed to be filmed to illustrate this on https://youtu.be/wIS9bGtBEMs

In both cases, the set up took approx 40 minutes and then the change work itself took approx 15 minutes.

The first case was with Leo. Leo has unfortunately had early experiences of many different things each of which alone could lead to SED/ARFID: he had tongue-tie (which means his brain associated pain with feeding): he is hyper-mobile (which means hyper sensitivity to sensory feedback, especially texture, temperature) and some experience of vomiting with feeding. Despite all these influences, Leo was bravely committed to getting better.

He lived off fruits, yoghurts, pretzels and the like.
At the end of the session Leo is experimenting with the foods brought in, despite them being very challenging foods to start with (especially cold chicken with avocado!) when there are elements of sensory processing issues. However, even though Leo still had difficulty getting used to the new tastes, he did also learn that he could cope even when he did not like the tastes. Fortunately he liked the healthy greens he tasted. For the full before-and-after video clip of Leo, please click on:
https://youtu.be/IhUbV3GhdvA

Sam also had issues with feeding from birth , however there were no obvious reasons that his parents could remember. Sam tries a range of fruit and yoghurt for the first time and a few salad vegetables.

As can clearly be seen in both cases, neither child was hypnotised – we were chatting and having a normal conversation and they were fidgeting accordingly as would be expected, and still got the desired results.

Please note this approach will not work for all children but does also need to take into account – motivation, timing, receptivity, and commitment.