Hypnosis had been around for centuries, but it was in the late 20th century that it started gaining some attention in the scientific circles of the West.
As an alternative form of treatment, hypnosis has proved its effectiveness. Not only has it helped treat adults, it has also helped treat kids with severe issues including anxiety, phobia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, behavioral disorders, speech and voice issues, and learning issues among others.
Pediatric hypnosis, or hypnotherapy for children, started gaining popularity in the 1960s. Soon after that, it acquired the status of a separate field.
Professionals started getting trainings and certifications in the field. The founding of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the National Pediatric Training Institute helped in the propagation of pediatric hypnosis as a field.
Typical Hypnosis Procedure
Here’s what a typical hypnosis procedure looks like:
- Assessment of suggestibility of a patient
- Induction of trance
- Application of effective hypnosis tactics, like suggestive techniques, imagery, visualization, etc.
- Termination of hypnosis
- Post-hypnotic suggestions, if required
When it comes to children, the process might vary slightly. Adults are calm and receptive in trance, but children might fidget and be restless. What’s more, children have better imaginary abilities.
Pediatric Hypnosis for Anxiety and Phobia
Anxiety and phobia are quite common among children. While some children might be able to get rid of them, others are haunted by these feelings.
With less advanced reasoning skills, children are affected by these feelings more intensely.
Pediatric hypnosis can be able to treat it. Making use of imagination and relaxation exercises, the hypnotherapist can help the kid get rid of fear and anxiety.
Pediatric Hypnosis of Learning Difficulties
Simply put, learning is the process of gathering information for the environment through senses, storing it in the subconscious mind and then using it when required.
Hypnosis can help your child learn better. By communicating with the kid’s subconscious mind, it can help him/her store and retrieve information more effectively.
Pediatric Hypnosis for Pain Management
Pediatric hypnosis can also help alleviate pain in children. For instance, according to the US National Library of Medicine, children with leukemia going through bone marrow aspiration, reported reduced pain when compared with baseline.
Pediatric hypnosis can also prove to be effective in managing chronic pain among children. Also, self-hypnosis, that most children are able to learn easily, has been found to be effective in managing recurrent headaches.