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 Kids Code: treating autism calmly 

I observed this story on ACA and was astounded by Jenny Roberts' connection to healing and her obvious depth of understanding of feelings and emotions.

Jenny was able to uncover their real feelings which are that of beautiful young loving souls as opposed to their usual uncontrolable behaviour of rage.

The show unveiled such tremendous results from kids they n
ow they have a new chance in life instead of repeating over and over their pain.

Anyone seeking help in this field should contact
Jenny Roberts.

Kids Code: treating autism calmly

22 April 2003
Reporter:Ros Thomas

Trained as an occupational therapist, Jenny Roberts has spent the last 10 years helping parents of children with autism. By using a combination of unusual techniques, including non-verbal communication, her program aims to give parents back their sanity and restore calm to children overwhelmed by the world around them … ACA reports.

It's hard to imagine that young Fraser could have ever been unlovable. But his aggressiveness, tantrums, screaming and uncontrollable behaviour threatened to push his mother Ursula over the edge.

"I was pretty bad, probably the lowest I've ever been. I always say Jenny saved me from a suicide or murder," she says.

Likewise, Louisa says the program has had a dramatic impact on her three-year-old son Jake, who could not speak and was diagnosed as mentally retarded. Now, six months on, he's in mainstream schooling.

"The doctor could not explain why Jake had made such progress," Louisa says.

For the parents of these autistic children, Jenny has been nothing short of a godsend. And it's the parents she works with, first by de-stressing them and then teaching them techniques to deal with their child.

"You don't have a relationship if you control your child — that's just a form of compliance versus defiance. Whereas this is about learning to relate and having a nurturing relationship forever," Jenny explains.

The cornerstone of Jenny's program is non-verbal communication. She uses this technique to avert a full scale tantrum when Jake refuses to leave the chook pen. The temptation for most parents would be to simply order him out but by using a series of hand and body gestures, Jenny makes it clear to Jake she wants him to leave yet allows him to make that decision himself.

"There are all different forms of bouncing, as we call it. That's just one form we did and the child was distressed, I wasn't distressed … I knew what to do, so I just gave him space," she says.

According to Fraser's mum, his tantrums could also last for hours. In this instance, Jenny uses several techniques to have him settled in a matter of minutes. When talking doesn't work, she tries to centre him with touch but when that too fails, she puts him on her lap ... a specific move designed to focus his attention on his body; as he starts to calm down he begins to recover and the tantrum ends with a hug.

"I'm only doing this because of the people I see, otherwise I would have given up a long time ago because no-one's listening to what kids and parents want," Jenny says.

For parents like Louisa, Jenny's program has changed her life.

"There's hope and I know, from being shattered, from being told he's mentally retarded, to now. Where he's at now is just fantastic and anything else is a bonus," she says.




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