Case Study = Non-verbal autistic child
I am posting the chart info of my 3.5 yr old son if anyone would like to look at it as a case study for non-verbal, late-talking, learning delays, and autism. He was diagnosed as autistic in August of 2019.
The thing I am finding interesting though is that he has an exalted Mercury (in sidereal zodiac) so his communication should be good yet he has never said a word. He constantly makes noises and babbles all day long but it is non-sensical. He communicates with grunts, noises, and guiding my hand or body to what he wants.
As far as his hearing, he answers to his name sometimes but sometimes not. His first hearing test came back inconclusive because he would not sit still. He will have a sedated hearing test next month and I will share the results here. I know Jupiter rules physically not being able to hear/or talk and his Jupiter is weak so that may have something to do with it.
He is moving from the antardasha of Jupiter-Saturn to Jupiter-Mercury around his 4th birthday in the Fall so I am interested to see if this Mercury period will help him start to form actual words.
Here is his chart info:
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, CA
There is a yoga I have read ; If mercury conjuncts 6th lord in lagna, it makes the native mute (little speech or very silent).
Here Mercury conjuncts Lagna lord and 6th lord in Virgo. So it has similar connotations. It is common for people with Lagna lord and important factors in virgo to keep silent in initial years. Virgo can be very polite, disciplined and refrain from speech. So it might take some time for your son to speak more freely. I had LL in virgo as a child I was very silent and had very less verbal interaction with others until 8 or 9 I suppose and even after that I believe it was very less. I talked only when someone asked something and that too very cautiously.
So he should be fine as he moves into mercury sub period. 3rd house is also communication and Saturn aspect on to that can restrict the speech as well.
Because Americans write date differently, I thought I would clarify - is it 10th of March or 3rd of October?
Do you think he was fine in the first year?
first year? I mean did he behave like other babies in the first year like crawling, playing and interacting with others?
And problems started later or were right from initial few months only? ?
Another query is did you get him vaccinated and how many so far and if you noted any changes after any particular vaccine ?
Does he throw up? Do you remember any dreams or anything different you did just prior to and/or during your pregnancy?
Along with the Sun, the Moon is also debilitated in the natural eighth house of Scorpio.
Mercury is communication, but it’s not just verbal communication. It is my personal belief, seeing the rise in number of what we have labeled as ‘autistic’ children and the gadgets and gizmos we have acquired and the situation in the world today, that soon we will be communicating in very different ways.
Autism has a range, and all of us fall somewhere on that range. Some are what is termed ‘normal’ or what is the average reading for today’s society. Some fall in between, which means they can sense a bit more than others. Then there are the few others who fall on the high end and are over sensitive. In the old days, they would be called the Seers, the Oracles or the psychics.
The brain continues to develop till a person is 25 years old, which is the maturation age of Venus. His brain is sorting through the information that he is picking up, organizing it, understanding it, building up neural connections. His brain is working extra hard. But the information overload is at a level where he does not have the right amount of vocabulary to keep up or express.
According to Ernst’s chart calculator on his website, his Ketu falls in his 1st house of Pisces. His Rahu is in his 7th house of Virgo. Pisces is a water sign. I could interpret it as he is in the depths of the oceans. He is picking up information but doing it energetically and emotionally. It is as if all the doors and windows are open, and the wind is blowing in strongly from everywhere. His need to focus on or stare at something is what is keeping him grounded, otherwise he feels as if the wind might blow him away. In other words, he might lose control due to the sensory overload. His Mercury in the 7th house has been in trine with the recent major transits. He is picking up way too much information at the moment, and needs to keep his focus.
Along with that, he is hearing, and most probably he has an acute hearing, and hearing what most people can’t. He is processing that while blocking out extra information coming in through his eyes, so he can concentrate on understanding the hearing part and understand what he is hearing.
He is slowly closing the wide open doors and windows, so he can learn to operate normally in the world. If anyone is into the chakra system, he is learning to control them.
If I was to give any advice, it would be to find someone, if possible, who has overcome his/her own autism and gone into the medical or healing field to help others. Only a person who has experienced something similar is the best person to understand and help. There is nothing wrong with him, he is just processing information differently than the average person, so the less medicated he is, the better it will be for him in the future.
He will benefit from music or sounds that represent the original sounds in the universe, or as close to the original hertz as possible. Try to find albums by the best musicians, and as original pieces as possible, or by someone who is passionate about playing or composing. Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, if you are into that kind of music, or the sounds of nature, anything that is soothing. I would stay away from imitations in music. He needs to connect more to the pure unadulterated energy flowing behind the music instead of the music itself. He will need as much time to himself as he needs. As he is growing up, if he can be shown that he is a normal child but that the way he understands and processes things differently, might be a better idea, than saying that he is different. Or in other words, what he is doing is different, not who he is. He will still need more time to himself than with others.
If the mother figure in the family can pull back a bit and encourage the boy to be more independent, he will find confidence in himself which he will definitely need. I am assuming he likes tactile things? Like touching and feeling? That will make him feel grounded.
If the father figure in the family can also spend some time with the child and introduce him to new things to create or organise or build, but again to let him do it himself and find his own way of doing it, when the time is right. That way the child’s focus will be shifted from staring at the walls to focusing on doing something tangible and tactile. I think the more detail oriented or more complex it is, the better he will be at it.
Trying to stay calm around him will help, as he will pick up on any distress that you might feel. In fact any feelings you feel, he will pick up on those very quickly. Every parent faces some challenging times with their kids as they are growing up, yours are just on a different level. As long as you try and look at them as normal challenges, your child will feel normal, protected, safe and understood.
I am sure you have done your own research and most of what I have written might be nothing new to you. I will be interested to know the results from the hearing tests.