Within a family, each individual plays a part in creating the family system. And like all living systems, families establish a balance called homeostasis whereby the other family members, as a whole, balance the qualities and characteristics of each individual family member.
If one person changes her role within a family, the rest of the system must change to re-establish balance. It’s like a mobile hanging from the ceiling: if one portion of the mobile shifts position, the rest of the mobile must shift to regain equilibrium.
The family system, as a whole, can move toward a state of health and adjustment. This is what can occur when a child with AS is successfully treated with homeopathy. For example, if the mother of a family is over-functioning in terms of parenting responsibilities, it makes sense that her spouse might under-function within that role. If both over-functioned at the same time, the system would be out of balance. In another example, if a child with AS has special dietary needs, such as a GF/CF diet, this may demand extra energy on the part of the family cook. All of the effort and focus on that one child in the family will affect the other siblings and spouse, simply because of how time and attention are being allocated. The rest of the family will respond to this, and attempt to find balance. As a result, while responding to one member of the family receiving increased attention, the spouse and siblings may feel angry, jealous, or unloved. This state can be unhealthy and disruptive.
Within family systems, we all develop established patterns and roles, especially when caring for a struggling family member. So, when a child with AS responds favorably to homeopathy or other interventions, it can move the whole system toward a state of overall health and well-being. Parents’ roles will shift, responsibilities change, and the relationships within the family begin seeking a new balance.
The following cases are but two examples of how effectively treating parents and siblings can, both directly and indirectly, contribute to the health and well-being of a child with ASD!