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Autism
My autistic daughter and her conversation were normalized by worship and Johrei

Bisei Branch, Miho YAMAJI
Reported in the 1st December 2007 issue of the "Shinkyo" newsletter

 I had taken over the faith from my parents and had been living without serious illness. I married my husband in 1993 and was delivered of three daughters, but the third daughter was incapable of speech even after three years old. Recommended from a nurse of nursery school, I got her taking a developmental test at a hospital, the result was a diagnosis, "She is autistic. Her intelligence does not reach a year olds', and she won't be able even to speak if nothing is done."


 Hearing the term 'autism' for the first time, I could not understand what was happening but could understand how we were in big trouble and came back from the hospital in tears. I was taught from a teacher of a branch, "Do Johrei for an hour a day particularly to the head." I had continued it every day since then.


 I heard that autistic disorders differ respectively in those characters and are difficult to relate with. I realized that I could not bring up her in the same way as the older daughters', and therefore she began to go to speech therapy and the cure and education at a medical center. I used pictorial or photographical cards in my house, but yet she could not understand dangerous things although I taught those many times. Only I could do with the days that I had to look all over for my daughter each time she disappeared while I was taking my eyes off her only for three seconds, was to protect her life.


 We could not worship until the end of feasts that I could have normally attended before because she was more excited in a quiet place and ran around aloud. Still, when we went and worshiped in the branch on an ordinary day, even though she ran around and made noise in the room, both the teacher and his wife smiled and spoke to us. That they listened to my story, encouraged me and were very glad of her small growth, was my emotional support to continue it.


 After about four and a half years old, she gradually uttered words and made conversation when five years old. Autism is said that even if they utter speech, there is a lot of parroting, and it is only talking to themself. A doctor and nurses at the nursery school were so surprised, "No kid grows like this much." I was grateful for daily Johrei for a long time, my husband and mother's dedication, and two older daughters' cooperation. Also, we could attend worship in the branch until the end.


 In 2007, in second year of elementary school, she had no delay in intelligence at a developmental test and could even make conversations quite fluently. I could direct my eyes around me gradually so called to acquaintances whose children were the same autistic, and one of them was interested in.


 She had many troubles but seemed quite calm with Johrei. Spoken from a teacher of a church, she could continue it and experience a number of miracles. By seeing her condition, I also felt myself receiving protection to my children and environment again.


 Her entry was allowed safely, and on the day of her initiation ceremony our children could spend the day together in the church from the morning. She was glad of the great miracle, and I heard that in the evening, she told various things taught from the teacher to her husband.


 Fortunately, my third daughter is showing the emotional growth said not to grow easily. Besides, my rough dry skin had not healed for many years, and the tips of the fingers had been cut and sore both in the summer and winter, but they suddenly all healed after I led my friend.


 Meishu-sama, thank you so much.