Hypnosis for Children

There are many children’s problems that hypnotherapy can help with. And, the great thing is that children are usually excellent hypnotic subjects. They have such wonderful imaginations that you can induce the hypnotic state easily and rapidly by getting them, for example, to imagine taking off in a space craft or taking part in their favorite television¬†program or movie.

A surprisingly large percentage of childhood complaints stem from unresolved emotional issues. Many children, for example, who suffer from Bronchial Asthma are anxiety-ridden, lack confidence and are dependent on one or both of their parents to an extreme degree. There may be physical factors that are directly implicated, but often the parent is told that the child will “grow out of it”. More likely the child (and maybe even the parent) simply matures enough to resolve the emotional issues that triggered the problem in the first place. ¬†¬†

Allergies are another problem suffered by children, and allergic reactions are often associated with stress. There can be a whole host of stressful events in a child’s life such as relations with siblings, school, dependency on a parent, fear of interaction with peer groups, and aggression towards one or both parents sometimes arising from a past traumatic event. You may have heard about an experiment carried out on children whose allergen was flower pollen. In hypnosis they were asked to smell a rose in a sealed glass jar, whereupon they immediately had an asthmatic attack. Subsequently under therapy they were instructed in ways to control, and then stop altogether, having asthmatic attacks, principally through the use of self-hypnosis.

Nail biting, stuttering, various kinds of habitual spasms, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), can all be addressed by hypnosis.

In a study on Dyslexia in 1975, Crasilneck and Hall showed that over 75% of dyslexic children can be helped with direct hypnosis. Following hypnotherapy that included suggestions for improving performance and pronunciation, recognition of words became automatic and more rapid. The results in this study were as good as, or slightly better than, those reported by special behavior modifiers.

Nocturnal Enuresis, or bed wetting, is particularly distressing to both child and parents. There are a number of possible physical causes that need to be checked out by a doctor. Equally there are a number of psychogenic factors that may play a role such as loss of a mother, sibling rivalry, emotional immaturity due to over-protection etc.

Hypnotherapy can also help other behavior disorders such as thumb sucking and examination anxiety.

And with hypnosis, there are no side effects.

Here is a list of children’s problems hypnosis is known to be able to help:

  • Bed Wetting
  • Nail Biting
  • Weight Reduction
  • Sugars
  • Nightmares
  • Stress
  • Enjoying Life
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Pain Control
  • Surviving a Divorce
  • Don’t Start Smoking
  • Conduct at Home
  • Conduct at School
  • Improved Grades
  • Improved Reading
  • Improved Writing
  • Test Anxieties
  • School Illness
  • Stuttering
  • Speak More Slowly
  • Overcoming Loudness
  • Stopping Lying
  • Stopping Stealing
  • Sports Improvement
  • Improved Coordination and sporting performance


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