EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
Tapping with Children

 

Here is an Outline to Use When Tapping with Younger Children

 

Younger children (less than ten years), often only need to use five points instead of the standard eight.
The first point is the Karate Chop point and is used as the set-up point.

 

Points are:

 

  • Starting Point: Side of Hand (Karate Chop)

  • Pt 1 - Between the Eyebrows (EB)

  • Pt 2 - Bony Points under each Eye (UE)

  • Pt 3 - Gorilla Fist on Collar Bone (CB)

  • Pt 4 - Hug Yourself Spot or Monkey Spot (UA)
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Tips Before You Start:

 

  1. Use both hands to tap to keep children engaged.

  2. Children often respond to tapping with a puppet or bear that has the points on them.

  3. As well as using the child’s exact words for the problem part of the setup statement, you also need to use an ending that feels relevant to the child. 

 

Here are some variations that children can use for the set-up statement:

 

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I still like myself.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I can forgive myself for this.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I want to change this today.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I want to let this go.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I will be OK.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) I am OK.

  • Even though I have this problem (insert child’s problem here) my mum/dad/pet/teacher still likes (or loves) me.

 

The 11-Step Process:
 

  1. Begin by saying: “The first step is to THINK ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM.”
    (If the child is already upset you can skip this part, as it is obvious the child is thinking about the issue or feeling.)

     

  2. Then say something like: “This exercise will calm you down and help you think more clearly about your problem. If you learn this exercise you can be upset only when YOU choose to be upset.”
     

  3. Next say: “Now we want to know how upset you are.” (For younger children use out-stretched arms to measure how upset the child is. Use hands in a prayer position, indicating no upset. Older children may have no problem with telling you on a 0 to 10 scale how upset they are.
     

  4. Now say: “OK, the first step is to tap the side of your hand.” Using your hand as an example, show them how to tap on the fatty side of the hand. You can tell the child this first point is called the Karate Chop spot on the hand because it is where Ninjas chop wood with their bare hands.
     

  5. At this side of hand location make a set-up statement such as: “Even though I have this problem, I am a super kid.”
     

  6. Second ‘tapping’ point: use three or four fingers and tap about 7 or 8 times, between the eyebrows.
     

  7. Third 'tapping' point: use two fingers of both hands and tap on the bony part under both eyes, about seven times.
     

  8. Fourth 'tapping' point (Gorilla): use a closed fist to the chest just below and to the left of the throat for the collarbone spot, and tap there about 7 or 8 times.
     

  9. Fifth point (Monkey Spot): tap under both arms. Have them tap about 7 or 8 times, with each hand under the same arm. They should get a kick out of this!
     

  10. Repeat this exercise three times for a particular problem or until the upset goes away.
     

  11. Sometimes when one problem is calmed, another related problem comes up and the child must repeat the process for the second problem.

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