Relieving Anxiety and Calming the Classroom

EFT Use With The Disturbed Child

Ann Adams, EFT Master, once directed a center for emotionally disturbed children in Georgia.
Here she talks to EFT founder, Gary Craig, about using EFT with that population.
Creativity with severely disturbed children

by Ann Adams First published on Gary Craig's web site. Reedited 3/2011

After studying EFT (in 1999) for months and practicing on all sorts of willing folks, I began teaching EFT to the kids at the residential treatment program last week. We treat severely emotionally disturbed kids age 7 - 17, with IQ from 60 to 130, mostly on the lower end of the scale. I did modify EFT a little bit..

I taught the children to call the karate point the "friendly spot" as that is where you touch to shake hands to show you are friendly. I used out-stretched arms rather than using the 0-10 intensity scale. Hands in a prayer position indicated no upset. Kids, and some adults as well, seem to have a hard time with the eyebrow point so I have the children use three fingers between their eyebrows.

GC COMMENT: Good idea! This covers both eyebrow points--you might even want to use 4 fingers to make sure.

Under the arm I labled the monkey spot which they got a kick out of too! I used your fist to the chest idea for the collarbone spot.

GC COMMENT: This refers to mildly thumping with one's fist at the top of the breastbone about where a man would knot his tie. This gets both collarbone points at once.

They all seemed to "get it" easily.

I would teach them first how to use EFT then I asked them to teach it to their primary staff person. (Sort of an empowerment thing, an empathy builder and self esteem as they could then be useful to someone else. Plus it was a good review for staff.)

One of our most self absorbed children (what we call a primitive personality) was working on her primary staff person's problem. I wish I'd had a video of this very disturbed girl leading her primary staff person through the process perfectly. We have been working (slowly) to help this child develop empathy. When the staff finally put her hands together the girl was delighted. "I did it!" She said. (Meaningful to this story, as in spite of her narcissism, she feels she can't do anything right.) I asked her how it felt to help someone else. She just glowed as she said it felt WONDERFUL!


ANN ADAMS can be reached at:   EFT4PowerPoint.com

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