Our expert says:
ABSOLUTELY NOT AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - their role is, properly, far more limited than some seem to try to take over.
A Child psychologist or child psychiatrist would be ideal, a good paediatrician could help.
Like Purple, I think these might be night terrors. When they occur in an older child, one notices that whereas a child who wakes from a nightmare can tearfully tell you what frightened them, a child waking from a night terror cannot, and in the morning usually doesn't remember it at all.
As she says, they're terrifying to parents, fortunately, they're NOT terrifying to the child, though it looks as though it is and sounds like it. They tend to fade away, without our knowing why they came or went.
These have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with evil spirits, and a pastor cannot help - unless indirectly by making the mother feel less worried.
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