Fran - sleepless autistic toddler
My neighbour's three year old daughter, Fran, had never slept through the night. In fact she had never slept for more than four hours at a time since she was born, and then she would be awake for at least six hours. Her parents had to take shifts in order to stay awake with her during the night. As you can imagine they were desperate. They had consulted doctors, paediatricians, psychologists and nutritionists, but no-one could find a way to adjust these disastrous sleeping patterns. Fran was very late in walking and is still in nappies. She has very limited speech; the most frequent word she says is Nina the name of our cat, whom she adores. She has recently been diagnosed as autistic.
I had offered to give her a Bowen many months ago to see if it might help with her walking, but her mother wanted to finish the course of physiotherapy that had been prescribed. I wasn't aware of the disastrous sleep patterns until recently.
Last June she sat very restlessly on her mother's knee, and I managed to do Pages 1 (over her rather thick nappy) 2 and 3. After the first few moves she became less restless.
That night she woke only twice but went straight back to sleep again. The following nights she slept only four hours as usual.
Five days later she sat on my knee for Pages 1, 2, 3, hamstring moves (4 - 6 only), spider and headache moves. She was very relaxed and calm. That night she woke only once for a few minutes, the following night she slept for 14 hours! Her parents kept checking that she was still breathing! The following day she wasn't grumpy at all - for the first time ever. Thereafter she slept through the night for 10 - 12 hours, occasionally waking but going straight back to sleep again.
I treated her again five days later: Pages 1, 2, 3, coccyx (over nappy) and spider.
It was not until two months later in August that she had a sleepless night again, but it was during the heat wave. The following day I did Pages 1, 2, 3 and spider and she has slept well each night since then.
(from Leslie Miotto, Basingstoke)
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