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Sunday Express Review
August 13 2006
Is this boy the future of mankind...or is he simply naughty?

Danny Buckland visits the extraordinary world of the Indigo Children

O NE OF the first signs were the dead people congregating in teenager Matthew Merton's bedroom. No one else could see they were there. Ben Jeffcott was labelled lazy and immature at school while all his psychological profiles showed him to be a creative and expressive person. Both 15 year-olds are no longer at mainstream school as they reach the critical phase of their education, yet their parents are anything but concerned.Along with other youngsters from every corner of the world who have displayed unusual and psychic and spiritual awareness, Matthew and Ben have been described as "Indigo Children". The name Indigo apparently indicates the colour they carry in their auras and is indicative of the "third eye" chakra.The Indigo Child, according to theorists-even some scientists-is the next step on the human evolutionary scale. Indigo Children are nothing to be frightened of, their supporters claim, yet they are often condemned by a sceptical society.

TENDER LOVING CARE: Ben Jeffcott, 15, and his mother
Samantha, who has fought a long
battle to get help for his condition

Some Indigo Children can even be telepathic and have the ability to predict events, aswell as displaying more accepted childhood attributes such as resistance to authority and disruptive tendencies. Parents around the world are now turning to the Indigo movement as an explantion for the behavioural problems that are normally diagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions. It is one of the fastest-growing movements in the world and self-help books on the subject are becoming huge sellers.
The book that first identified the phenomenon-The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, published by Hay House in 1999-is approaching a million sales as desparate parents latch on to its matra that their children possess special powers rather than being simply naughty or unruly.
Better a gifted child than a brat who won't sit still in class and answers back; better a free-thinking spirit than that kid who dances on the tables and sweeps off plates and cutlery in resturants in front of disgusted onlookers. It's a seductive theory.
Previously dismissed by some as New Age thinking,the Indigo movement is attracting increasingly credible support, with experts saying it is perfectly possible to trace science fact in what can be regarded as spiritual fiction.

Schools label them bad and doctors prescribe medicine, but do these children have powers?

For Matthew Merton, an Indigo diagnosis means an end to uncertainty for his mother, Theresa, and the path to a new, fulfilling future."Matthew was seeing spirits from an early age," says mother Theresa, a 45 year-old single mother from North London. "He was seen as a problem from day one at school. He used to sit under tables and wouldn't speak to the teachers yet psychologists could find nothing wrong with him.
"From the age of five, he saw horrible people in his room and saw faces and heard voices. It was very scary for him." Matthew one of Theresa's three children, who all have Indigo traits, once painted sinister, black eyes all over one wall of his room and complained of feeling that there were people living in the loft of his home.
School becamse a battleground, with teachers struggling to deal with a pupil who, according to Thersa, "didn't fit into their boxes". She says:"It gives me shivers when I think about those eyes.He's always had something about him, and a maturity and knowledge beyond his years, yet school could not deal with him. In the end you just get labelled bad, and that eventually encourages the child to be bad." Theresa took Matthew out of school after he had a near-fatal diabetic attack and then had him diagnosed as Indigo by a homeopathic healer. "It has changed our lives. He is much more comfortable now and our relationship has turned completely for the better. We have the reassurance about who he is and it has calmed the whole situation.It has been a very tough journey and I'm really annoyed that the system does nothing for these children." Matthew is now enrolled on a Fresh Start college course that specialises in helping children the education system has failed.
Indigo parents claim that education and medicine consistently fail their children.ADHA is one of the most common conditions diagnosed among youngsters and prescriptions for tis controlling drug, Ritalin, doubled between 1997 and 2002, with the trend continuing upwards.
Former international model Samantha Wilson, 38, became concerned when her son Ben appeared isolated at school and spoke in jargon.
"He was labelled as immature, lazy and a touble-maker," says Sam, who runs a bar design company in Brighton with her husband. "I had to battle with the education authority to get specialist tuition for him and it ended up at a tribunal before we got some help. "There is just no provision for anyone who is out of the norm. He was diagnosed with a form of autism and given a drug that made him like a zombie. He just lay of the sofa all day, so we stopped that straight away. It was very difficult because Ben is a mature, engaging and intelligent boy, yet he was not getting on at school."