Are Your Children Experiencing Stress, Anxiety, Worry or Trauma?
by Mimi Lupin, M.A.,L.P.C., L.S.S.P.
A University Study with children of Katrina shows a significant decrease in the following behaviors: ADHD, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Worry, Aggression, Frustration, Impulsivity, Physiological Symptoms and an Increase in Attention Span. This program is a non-drug alternative to ADHD medication that gets to the root of many negative behaviors, calms the nervous system and helps children develop self regulation.
Parents, are your children experiencing stress, anxiety, worry or trauma? Old Me New Me is a 3 CD program with eleven stories, 2 relaxation segments and an instruction booklet. This unique program is a program that teaches mindfulness to children in a way that engages their interest and helps them experience the benefits of being more relaxed. In today’s world both children and adults need the skills of mindfulness for a healthy lifestyle.
These stories take children and young teens to various calming, relaxing places in their imagination such as a trip to the beach, the woods and the mountains while learning to let go and be present in the moment. The program helps children learn to regulate their nervous systems, something so important in today’s world. Each story help reduce fear, anxiety, worry and stress children often experience. Different situations a child may face are visualized and positive self talk statements given to encourage children to see and respond to situations in their lives differently. This children’s meditation program gives children the tools with which to cope more effectively with life’s events. Using the tools of imagination, mindfulness, soothing sound effects, music and relaxation, children learn to handle these stressful situations more effectively, become more resilient and their behavior changes for the better. To learn more about the positive effects of mindfulness on children, see the You Tube video at the following link: http://youtu.be/2W_yMvoMVb0.
In today’s modern world, childhood stress is common and often goes unrecognized by parents and teachers but at the same time stress can cause behavioral problems. It is often the result of parental divorce, competition in sports or grades or perhaps a trauma that has occurred in your child’s life. Stress can be attributed to a learning disability or a sensory processing deficit. Old Me New Me has been used very successfully with both of these learning difficulties and has been helpful to some autistic children also. The Old Me New Me is a tool that can be enormously helpful in a number of ways and has been proven over a number of years in over fifteen university research studies to be highly effective.
A number of new behaviors are taught within each story, including how to be more cooperative, get along better with peers, express feelings appropriately, develop more self control, feel more peaceful and other important behaviors that children are not always taught but are important for them to learn at an early age. For children to change their behavior, they must develop self control and self regulation which in turn helps them focus and attend to the task at hand. When children calm their nervous system they can develop self regulation so that behavioral changes become easier.
How do children learn to deal more effectively with all their stress and anxiety? Most children learn best when right brain activities are included such as imagery, art, music, rhythm and other right brain modalities according to neuroscience findings. This includes learning new responses to troubling situations and healing trauma that your child may have experienced. Counselors in schools often use the art therapy program that was designed to be used with the Old Me New Me program.
When children experience trauma, they will frequently suffer from anxiety, worry or fear that the episode will happen again, especially if they feel they have little or no control over the event. Parents are often unaware that their children may have experienced an event that they feel is traumatic. Children don’t always talk about these events. What can you do to help them? Give them the tools to reduce anxiety and worry; the same tools that a counselor would offer with much less expense. Old Me New Me will do that and more according to research by a number of psychologists. This program has often been the choice of psychologists and counselors who work with children for a number of years. Its research results have been presented at a number of psychological conventions as well and children ask to use the program. It improves behavior in numerous ways.
The Old Me New Me program provides:
- Children hope for a better future
- Help for children to see their lives differently
- A road map to gain control over their behavior
- Ways for children to find themselves in trouble less often
- Helps them avoid and experience fewer melt downs
- Tools so children are less stressed
- Gives parents tools and understanding so they are less stressed as well
The program is particularly effective for children and young teens who experience anxiety, ADHD, stress, sensory disorders, behavioral or emotional problems in addition to those who have experienced a traumatic incident in their lives. One of the stories is highly effectively in helping children let go of troubling past experiences. This story is the last in the series and as a child learns the basic relaxation skills and the other lessons taught in the stories, over time he or she will then be ready to confront any trauma and overcome those negative feelings that may have acquired as a result of the episode. An art therapy program is available to licensed counselors.
The art therapy program is used in conjunction with the Old Me New Me to help children express what it is that they are feeling but having difficulty putting into words, and what their particular problem and stress might be so that long term effects of trauma, anxiety and post traumatic stress can be lessened.
Charles Raison, MD, University of Arizona reports some interesting new findings that pertain to both adults and children regarding the nervous system. Early childhood abuse creates a hyper-reactive immune system, and a rise in the immune system activity, inflammation, and the onset of depression. When we calm the nervous system, our immune system is enhanced and inflammation is reduced. In today’s stressful world, it is imperative that we teach children how to relax and reduce their over reaction to the events in their lives which will also reduce behavioral problems due to children’s feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope.
Many children are often misdiagnosed and are medicated unnecessarily according to many psychologists and physicians. Dr. Martin Irwin, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who was quoted recently in The New York Times said, “We sometimes forget that children may experience intense unhappiness, sadness, worry and anger that are an appropriate understandable response to the reality of their lives. These emotional states are frequently mislabeled as a specific psychiatric disorder. Non specific nervousness is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactive disorder”. Our research findings are in total agreement with this information. Once the Old Me New Me has been used over a short period of time, these intense emotions and negative behaviors frequently dissipate with its use once the cause of these intense emotions have been identified.
The Old Me New Me is an evidence based right brain program and has helped hundreds of young people reduce the effects of stress, trauma and negative thinking. The program has been in use for many years with a number of revisions as more is learned about brain science and the importance of using these skills. In recent years, it has been discovered by many therapists and neuro scientists that talk therapy does little to help children and teens with behavioral and emotional problems and talk therapy does little to change feelings, beliefs, and attitudes at a deeper level. For this reason, imagery, visualization and other right brain therapies such as Old Me New Me are considered best practice for these children and teens.The program is easily used by children and young teens while in bed at night as the program can be played while your child is preparing to fall asleep. A discussion of the contents of the story used be discussed when new stories are introduced so that the concepts are reinforced by the adults in the life of the children using the program.
When children are over-reactive, impatient, often frustrated and too easily offended, they will have difficulty pursuing these talents and dreams that will help them have a great future. This can become their life long pattern of responding to difficult life situations. Therefore it is helpful for children to learn these skills early in their development.
Children build their self esteem by realizing, discovering and internalizing their own value, and unique talents and gifts. Using a right brain program, children can more easily shift their perspective, change their belief system about themselves and therefore develop a greater appreciation and love for themselves and others. When they feel better, their behavior and self esteem improves. Children and young teens often need help and guidance in developing these skills to feel more competent so that they can eventually contribute to society in a greater way. Both a parent and/or a counselor can help the child accomplish these goals by working with the program for a few short months.
The program has a 30 day guarantee to be of help to your child. It is frequently used by both parents and counselors with great success. Just contact us if you do not see positive changes with regular us over this period of time. Authorization for return is required.
Please spend a few moments now and listen to these samples.
- Sample #1 Click to play.
- Sample #2 A Trip to a Star. Click to play.
- Sample #3 The Trip to the Beach. Click to play.
We are working on a new project Calming the Storm of Divorce–A Place of Refuge – A beautiful documentary that will be produced to entertain, educate and motivate divorcing parents to reduce their own conflicts for the sake of their children and become aware of their own behaviors which are so stressful and create trauma for their children during this difficult time. Click for more information.
Swimming with the Dolphins, is now available to help heal the hearts of children of divorce and to help them overcome the negative thoughts and feelings about their parents divorce. This program can be downloaded or purchased separately from the Old Me New Me. This CD will be included as a bonus with all orders through the end of August, 2012.
*Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon research conducted by psychologists and graduate students from several published university studies over a number of years. The Katrina research was conducted by Dr. Lendell Braud from Texas Southern University. Testimonials represent a cross-section of the range of results that appear to be typical with this program.. None of these real-life testimonials are intended to guarantee that you, or anyone, will achieve the same results however the program has a money back guarantee for 60 days. Results may vary depending upon use and commitment of the use of the program over a three month period.