How To Use Reiki with Autistic Children

Autistic children benefit from relaxation techniques and touch therapy. These could be administered to them through Reiki, a form of alternative medicine that works with the principle of transferring ki, or energy, from the palms of one person to facilitate the healing and wholeness of another. Here are some of the guidelines to remember if you’re looking to use Reiki with autistic children.

  • Prepare a relaxing environment. The point here is to make sure that the autistic child is thoroughly relaxed and untroubled. It will depend on the child as to what type of environment will facilitate his relaxation; mostly it will entail arranging for a clean, spacious and quiet room with soothing music and subtle, non-distracting colors and displays. You could also let the child do activities that he wants. It’s also best that you facilitate the Reiki treatment in a room that the child is already fairly familiar with; that’s because autistic children have a tendency to feel disturbed in a room that they are newly-acquainted with.
  • Read more about how to administer Reiki. Strictly speaking, the principle of Reiki is simple enough: it works with the belief that healing energy can be transferred from the practitioner to the person who needs healing. However, you will need to undergo steps to attain Reiki attunement. Some of the ways that you could prepare for attunement could include the following: doing a juice or water fast for one to three days; meditating for at least an hour in one week; and releasing all negative emotions in your body. If you’re really interested in learning Reiki as a healing technique, you might be interested in enrolling in Reiki courses: get more information from websites such as and
  • Know the three pillars of Reiki. Again, there are meditative practices and principles that you will have to learn before you can practice healing through Reiki. Basically, however, you will need to learn its three pillars: gassho, reiji-ho and chiryo. These three pillars involve stages of meditation, wherein the practitioner gets ready to connect with Reiki power, and then transfer this power to the person who needs to be healed. As mentioned, transferring of energy is done through holding the palms of the hand on the areas of the body that need healing; healing is also believed to be administered through hovering the hands a few inches above the body of the other person, or through light blowing or tapping. Treatment time varies widely depending on the specific techniques employed by the practitioner, although typically Reiki treatments could last for about 20 minutes.
  • Do the Reiki while the child is occupied. The child doesn’t need to lay down while receiving Reiki treatment; he could actually be playing a video game while you lay your hands upon regions of his body.

Though there are some controversies with regards to the effectiveness of Reiki as a technique for healing, at the very least it has value in that it promotes relaxation and touch therapy for the autistic child. Done regularly, the child could begin to anticipate such treatments and would learn to relax and calm himself as is called for in Reiki. Reiki could also be a way for the child to feel affinity towards the practitioner. As always, be sure to consult the child’s doctor to ensure that Reiki treatments are compatible with his overall treatment modes. Good luck!


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