I’ve been a practicing Classical Homeopath for 12 years as well as a counselor for 25 years. This has always been a combination that works well for me. Growing through my practice is always a pleasure for me, especially when I am able to be part of the blossoming of a young child, like Katie, who is just at the beginning of her life’s journey.
Katie came to me at 3 ½ years old. As a baby she did not latch well, she crawled late (at 14 months) and began to walk by 16 months. When I first met her she had indistinct speech and echolalia. Mom said; “She’s shy, hides her face and is timid with everyone at daycare.” I see this in the office with me as well. She does not want to attend day care without her mother and even with her has great difficulty socializing with other children. Her eye contact is minimal and fleeting. She has eczema, cradle cap and diaper rash. She refuses to use the toilet at all and is afraid of public washrooms. She is extremely noise sensitive and has tactile sensitivity. She likes sweets a lot.
Mom also indicated that Katie had previously been bothered by several UTI’s and was given antibiotics a few times. Mom had delayed Katie’s vaccinations until she was a year old, after which she had her regular sequence of shots. At age 3 after her HepB booster, Katie had a marked change in her personality, becoming increasingly sensitive and very easily upset. Since then her other shots have been delayed and she has not had an MMR vaccination.
I discussed with mom the options of treatment for Katie. We decided to start with a constitutional homeopathic remedy and she was given Baryta Carbonica. Results were noticeable within a short time. On return to the office Katie was moving and speaking in a more fluid manner with much more eye contact and less echolalia. At daycare she was beginning to engage with other children and no longer hid behind mom shyly.
We then began the CEASE protocol for Katie adding omega oils, vit D, zinc and vit C to her daily regime as well as following the weekly remedy program for detoxing, initially using the DPT homeopathic nosode. Following the nosode each week Katie would regress in her behaviours and no longer want to socialize with others. Over the course of treatment this happened to such a degree that at times mom decided to slow down the timing between remedies to every two weeks. Each weekend, after her repeated dose of Baryta Carb., she would regain her previous improvements and continue to improve even more so. Overall Katie continued to be happy at home, was learning letters and numbers, continuing with good eye contact and more ease with her language and physical movements. At times she had heightened picking of her nose and nails and she still fought toilet training when out of the home.
Simultaneously along with the first series of regressions and improvements for Katie, her mom began to talk about her own frustrations both with Katie’s likely diagnosis as autistic and the prognosis she feared for her daughter. She also spoke about her own frustration in her relationship with Katie’s father and in her own career path.
At this time we began to work with mom alone using the PresentChild Method, developed by Dutch Homeopath Janita Venema. Used widely over the past twenty years in Europe, Janita first developed this method of treating children through recording and ‘translating’ the parents’ expressed concerns and worries about their child. Now published as the book PresentChild Method, the system of treatment is based on Hahnemann’s Law of Similars. Through the profound and heartfelt connection between parent and child, each child is recognized as the simillimum for the parent. Simply put, the method involves the parent answering an initial series of questions. Then the text of the answers to these questions is “translated” , concisely revealing a message for the parent that springs from the depth of connection between the child and the parent.
In this case, the statement from Katie’s mom saying; “I worry she’s not happy and will be ostracized or bullied for being a little bit different. ” becomes “I worry I’m not happy, that I’m ostracizing a part of myself – bullying my inner timid self for being a little bit different.”
Another sentence from mom saying; “My main concern is her being happy and finding a place in life.” becomes; “My main concern is me being happy and finding a place in life.”
Yet another sentence remarking about her husband; “There’s no closeness between him and me, no connection.” becomes; “There’s no closeness between my timid inner part of myself and me, no connection.”
During the feedback session with mom (Katie is not present for these sessions), there are many profound and thoughtful insights, Mom says; “There’s such a disconnect…this isn’t me (relating to some recalled childhood incidents)…I’ve lived in survival mode…avoided feeling by thinking…there’s a gap inside …eventually they pull you apart…I can hide from my timidity; it’s there but it doesn’t have to run things.” Our session concludes with her remarking; “ It’s a whole new perspective on life!”
Following this feedback session, Mom notices that Katie’s eye contact is ‘through the roof’ and suddenly there are huge changes in her progress. Her team of other professionals, occupational therapists, speech therapists and physical therapists are remarking how easily and quickly she is progressing at a rate that they just don’t see in other children.
Her toileting is no longer a problem anywhere and her socialization and language is blossoming. There are no meltdowns and noticeably less ‘starting’. She is no longer anxious and is more confident and independent. She is far less sensitive to noise and to clothing and other fabrics. Mom says her skin is fuzzier. Her memory is great and she is enjoying learning.
Since then we have continued with Homeopathic treatment and the CEASE protocol with improvements continuing along the way. When needed, mom and I will apply the PresentChild translation method to her concerns but for the most part the big worries she had are no longer active for her. She too is able to adapt and be settled in her life and to move forward at a pace that mirrors Katie’s continuing ability to grow. It is through witnessing journeys such as Katie and her mom’s, that I too can appreciate how the understanding and insight that underlies this work can transform not only the lives of the people that come into my practice but also my own life.