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Child Psychologist Asks for Resources for 8, 9 Year Old Siblings with insomnia, Anxiety & Depress

02 Apr
A post-doc child psychologist asks for recommended resources for 2 siblings she works, ages 8 and 9, who were exposed prenatally to drugs and who suffer from insomnia, depression and anxiety..
I am a post doc psychologist and work with children who were exposed pre-natally to chemical substances. Two siblings I am working with, an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old, are suffering from insomnia (multiple bereavements and an adoptive parent who is currently fighting cancer).

The 8 year old has symptoms of anxiety and the 9 year old depression. Do you have any cassettes or CDs for insomnia in children??? The one I have for myself (since I know insomnia firsthand) is not really geared for children. Thank you!!!


good night Dear S.D.,
Depending on the emotional/intellectual age of these kids, they might be right for Roxanne Daleo’s sleep imagery for younger kids, called Good Night, Sleep Well - I''d say that audio is for pre-school to early grade school kids, maybe ages 2-8.

special placeAlso, Charlotte Reznick has an audio program with very nice, age-appropriate self-regulation & imagery tools for kids that suit a slightly older age range - maybe 5-10 years - called Discovering Your Special Place. Although it''s not specifically for sleep - more for general relaxation - it would help with sleep and also could make a dent on anxiety and depression.

special place Ellen Curran''s book, Guided Imagery for Healing Children & Teens has some good imagery in it for you to use with them to help with sleep, anxiety and depression.

And there is a terrific little book and toolkit called Be the Boss of Your Sleep, by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander of Children''s Hospital of Minneapolis, that I just love - in fact, we''ll be carrying it in our next catalog - but you can find it now at The language, graphics and content are perfect for kids, teaching them belly breathing, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, positive self-talk, acupressure, aromatherapy and self-massage.

Hope this helps.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award