A Seven Year Old Treats His Own ADHD With EFT

By Helen P Bressler

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When I was a student nurse a few years ago I was exposed to a multitude of folk with varying degrees of health issues.  One day I found myself working alongside Jane, a health care professional, who complained of severe discomfort in her right calf and so I offered to lead her through an EFT session.  My colleague found immediate, marked reduction in her calf pain and stated she felt ‘so good all over’ that she would continue to tap at home (she was in the first trimester of pregnancy and had been experiencing fatigue and sickness).

I met Jane again three days later at work and listened to a story that she was enthusiastic to share. On witnessing her tapping at home, Jane’s seven year old, Dale, who has ADHD, was curious about what his mother was doing; Jane had replied that the process had cured her leg pain earlier and just made her feel generally well.

Dale had sat in front of his mom and copied the setup, facial, collar bone and underarm tapping. A day went by and on the following day Jane received a telephone call from her son’s school.  The teacher explained that Dale, a boy who would regularly fidget all through class, be inattentive and lack focus, had been increasingly calm, attentive and alert.  She stated that Dale had been sitting quietly at his desk, gently tapping on certain parts of his face and throat and under his arm; the same points each time round.  She also stated that Dale had continued to tap several times throughout the day.  

His attention to the information had been "the best I have ever seen it" and he would raise his hand to answer questions, something he had never done before. “What was he doing?” she asked, “I want all my students to know how to use this to help them stay focused and alert.”

I love this story.  The benefits of EFT are proven yet again and the innocence of childhood is such that there is just an acceptance to the technique without the skepticism of many adults.  Of course regardless of how one feels about the technique, the results are often quite remarkable, yet the willingness to ‘just do it’, as Dale did in the classroom, is interesting.  

I wonder whether Dale’s willingness stemmed from changes Dale was aware of, curiosity as mommy had been tapping, or some other factor? What's more, the teacher’s receptivity to the technique is a constant response I have seen many times over, people eager to try EFT on witnessing another’s remarkable benefit. However, I do wonder if EFT will become commonplace in schools?

Helen P Bressler


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Author's Bio:

Helen holds a bachelor’s degree with suma cum laude honors from Oxford Brookes University and is certified in EFT, Z Point and Professional Coaching. Helen is also a registered nurse and ordained minister. She has over two decades of experience in the area of self-development; and works with individuals, groups and couples with great success.

Her wealth of experience and knowledge make her invaluable in the area of self-development. She is widely renowned as a self development expert and transformational coach and has helped hundreds transform their lives.

Helen uses EFT and Z Point to diminish trauma, blocks and isempowering beliefs which get in the way of discovering  or achieving what we really want. Furthermore, she optimizes growth and facilitates direction. She helps people improve relationships and health, clear emotional baggage, reduce stress and unleash potential. She creates tailor-made sessions that perfectly suit the needs of her clients.

Clients have reported feeling happier, healthier, more peaceful and more aware of their life purpose as a result of working with Helen.

Helen co-authored '101 Ways to Enhance Your Career' and has had countless articles published both electronically and in paper form. As part of her own continuing development she is currently working towards her license in marriage and family therapy.

Helen is available for individual, group, family and couples sessions. Visit her website for further information and details of how to contact Helen: www.optimumevolution.com




Posted August 13, 2010 04:26 AM

Helen this is such an inspiration. Thank you so much!


Edith Howell
Posted November 05, 2010 05:51 PM

EFT is a wonderful tool for children, and they really embrace it with an open heart. I love the way Dale learned from his mom how to tap.
Keep up the good work. Thanks!
Edith Howell


Posted February 26, 2011 09:07 PM

WOW! My grandson is 7 years old, and his name is also Dale. What a "coincidence!"
He is not doing well at all in first grade, almost at the end of the year, and his teacher just told his parents that he's at the beginning stage of first grade. He had not been tested or diagnosed with ADD as of yet, but I notice too that he has a problem focusing and is very easily distracted when trying to do school work, can't sit still, etc. It's also very frustrating for me, as I'm expecting him to sit still and pay attention, not realizing that perhaps he's not really able to. I'm going to suggest to my daughter that she try tapping with him. Any suggestions on what to say, as we're both new to tapping. Or, should he just say the word "focus" while tapping on the different points?


Helen P Bressler
Posted March 01, 2011 12:29 PM

Hi Jeanne,
My father once told me: kids have to fidget, run and skip; they have to expend their energy otherwise they become sick.
It was an off the cuff comment but one that made a lot of sense; and the more I observe children, the more I recognise the truth in his comment.
In regard to Dale (yes coincidence and I had changed the name to maintain confidentiality in the article so it was a name I randomly picked), it is really good to let children with 'extra energy' to expend it before they sit to do work. So on that front, perhaps have a 20 minute period (or longer) where he can run about after school before sitting down to do school work.
What was found in the experience above was that Dale just tapped without even saying anything!
My suggestion would be to ask Dale how he feels when he's got to sit and do work? Let him give his experience to you and take care to ensure he does not feel he's doing anything wrong or that he's a bad kid.
Make the tapping into a game. All of you tap together to have 'calm time' (or whatever words suit your family/Dale). You can just tap without saying anything. Try that first. Dale will be in the moment (as kids are) and tapping on whatever he's feeling right then.
Stay away from using our own words as that may inforce feelings in Dale that he's doing something 'wrong'.
Keep it fun and light and simple.
Let me know how it goes,


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