Ethan Edmonson and Kendyll Pekarek may seem like two average kids to anyone observing. They both play, go to school and spend time with their families, but they both also have something a little different about them. The children, both 11, have what they call psychic abilities.
“I have healing, I’m clairaudience, clairvoyant and I just know things sometimes,”Ethan shared his story with Inside Edition Digital.
His parents, Jon and Ellen Edmonson, said they first noticed his abilities when he was about 2, when Ethan said he had been playing with his deceased grandmother.
“My mother passed away when Ethan was about three-and-a-half months old, so we both just kind of looked at each other and were like ‘OK, that’s interesting,’ and that was the first kind of peek at when it started,” Ellen said.
Eventually, though, Ethan, who lives in Maryland, began shutting down. He felt misunderstood at school and was bullied for being perceived as a homosexual. “weird.”
Skepticism to the supernatural or paranormal is not a new concept, but neither is acceptance of and belief in such abilities.
According to a 2005 U.S. Gallup surveyMore than one quarter of respondents believe that humans possess psychic abilities such as telepathy or clairvoyance. The same survey revealed that 42% believed people could have extrasensory perception (or ESP). Twenty-one percent believe that people can communicate mentalally with those who have died.
Ethan was constantly facing difficulties in the real world and began to notice that his abilities were also a source for concern.
His mother told him that he began to see shadows.
“And the spirits, they were just staring at me and it really scared me,”Ethan spoke about the encounters.
Kendyll in Pennsylvania was also experiencing similar experiences. Her mom Denise Pakerek was concerned as she began to withdraw from her family.
“When I first found out she had abilities, I was just mortified,”Pakerek stated. “I had no idea what to do. There is no number to call. I first looked into paranormal groups in the area to help me, which they did. They came over and talked to us about what Kendyll was seeing and verified that she was definitely seeing and hearing spirits.”
The spirits that Kendyll was seeing, however, weren’t so friendly.
“She had quit all of her activities, dance, gymnastics, everything just stopped. She just kind of went into seclusion,”Denise
To try to better hone in on and understand their abilities, both Ethan and Kendyll’s families independently decided to contact the team behind A&E’s “Psychic Kids.”Ethan and Kendyll said that the show helped them understand their gifts better.
Kendyll now considers herself a medium. This means she can communicate with the deceased. She also considers herself an empath as well as a psychic. Among her gifts is the ability to touch objects and get a sense of their history, as well as the ability to remote view places she hasn’t been to yet, she said.
Ethan said he’s an empath, meaning he can sense people’s emotions, is clairaudient, which means he can hear spirits, and clairvoyant, which means he can see them.
Kendyll is now a regular investigator to find out the spirits of a particular place.
“My hopes for Kendyll are that I really hope that she expands her abilities,”Pekarek stated. “She is very, very good at what she does.”
Kendyll says she believes she was given these gifts to help people, but she doesn’t often tell people about them.
“If they don’t ask, I don’t like to tell them because, I don’t know. I am a quiet person,”Kendyll spoke.
Ethan also believes he was given his gifts for a reason, but believes he’s more like others than they may think.
“I still feel different, but I still know I’m human and not too different from everyone else,”He said.