Emotional Freedom Technique for Kids
Emotional Freedom Technique is commonly referred to as EFT or Tapping. EFT is a simple and safe healing technique which you can use with other therapies or on its own. EFT is an energy therapy which has evolved from other energy therapies such as acupuncture, kinesiology, reiki and thought field therapy just to name a few. EFT is effective for children, teens and adults.
Energy within our body flows through the body’s electrical circuits called meridians, individuals who maintain a constant balance and flow are in pretty good emotional health. When negative things happen to us in life it can cause a blockage in our meridians, therefore disrupting our energy flow, which then can present itself emotionally and even physically.
Negative emotions in children cause disruptions to their body’s energy. The negative emotions can be triggered either consciously or unconsciously within the child’s memory and therefore resulting in a response. These responses may include anger, sadness, shame or negative belief /put downs about themselves, just to name a few. By tapping the child directs kinetic energy through the blocked energy channels (meridians), thus clearing them and rebalancing the energy disruptions and the negative emotion.
EFT can also be effective in working with physical issues. Physical health and wellbeing is directly linked to our emotions. Unresolved negative emotions have been proven to be contributors to physical pain and stress related diseases. As we work towards balancing the body’s energy, the emotions are resolved and released within the body, allows the energy flow to continue disrupted therefore allow the physical healing process to take place.
Using EFT with children has a slight variation to working with teens and adults. EFT is effective for working with:
- Lack of motivation
- Grief & Loss
- Habits (nail-biting, hair pulling, thumb sucking)
- Bed wetting
- Insomnia/Night terrors
- Low self esteem
- Physical pain
Working with children requires fewer points or magic buttons. When working with children the practitioner needs to be mindful of the age and emotional maturity of the child in order to explain the basic principles of EFT and how it works. To work on the level of the child the practitioner is able to gain report and trust and therefore be able to work more effectively.
If a child does not want to tap or is unable to tap a parents can tap for their children or a child can use a surrogate while tapping is this is also effective in unblocking the blockages. TappyBear is an EFT tool used when working with children. Children may be reluctant to tapping at first, by introducing Tappy Bear the reluctance disappears with Tappy on their lap as the child transfers their problems to TappyBear and he gladly accept the problem.
The internet and books can provide anyone with the tools to practice EFT either on themselves or others. It is important to recognise what is referred to as little t traumas and big T traumas as big T traumas will always require the assistance of a qualified and experienced partitioner.
When finding an EFT practitioner to work with your child it is important that you ask a few simple questions:
- What are their qualifications? EFT is a tool for therapists use to assist their clients. A lack of regulation in some countries can mean that anyone can call themselves a therapist and gain a qualification in EFT.
- Have they got experience in working with children? Working with children requires specialised skills.
- Are they registered with an association? A EFT practitioner who is registered with a association is required follow a strict code of conduct and therefore held accountable for the work they do