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19 May

I’m not sure you could call this video clip from the Ellen DeGeneres Show inspiring, but it’s pretty hilarious.  This little 3-yr-old is making the case to his mom to let him have a cupcake. The substance of his argument is that Grandma lets him have them.
He’s buttressing his ask with a dazzling display of swagger.  I’d love to meet the person who’s been modeling this behavior for the little dude.  Or maybe not...
In any case, it’s wildly comic to see this behavior in a little squeezer, but this mom, who’s sort of holding her own here, may need a team of parenting coaches in the future, just to stay a half-step ahead of her little litigator as he gets older.
Seriously, if you do nothing else today, check this out - guaranteed comic relief.

27 Jan

A while back you posted a story by a corrections counselor, and this inspires me to share another story.  I, too, am a social worker who works with incarcerated youth.  They are all being tried as adults.  The jail where they are being housed has started to let one inmate listen to an imagery recording on anger and forgiveness.  He is on lockdown for fighting with another inmate who ruined his food.
He had only begun to listen to the audio, and maybe had heard it three times.
He became very angry about his situation and began pacing back and forth in his cell, trying to decide what to do.  He wanted to charge his peer when his cell door was opened.  He paced and paced, then he lay down on his bunk and continued to ruminate.  (This alone was progress, as in the past he reacted so impulsively, he would not have ever thought about his actions and consequences before acting.)

09 Dec

Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center conducted a pilot study - a randomized trial - to examine the efficacy of a program called Pay Attention!, with children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Pay Attention! is a training program to teach sustained attention: selective, alternating and divided attention.

After a diagnostic and baseline evaluation, school-aged children with ADHD were randomized to either receive 16 bi-weekly sessions of Pay Attention! (n=54) or assigned to a waitlist control group (n=51).

Participants completed an outcome evaluation approximately 12 weeks after their baseline evaluation.

Results showed significant treatment effects from parent and clinician ratings of ADHD symptoms, as well as the child’s self-reporting of his or her ability to focus, and the parents’ ratings of executive functioning.

16 Sep

Hi. I am a former professional tennis player. I would like to know if you have any tennis CDs for kids.  I would like to help them attune their minds to have fun with tennis.  We all learn a system of technique – the footwork and strokes and so forth. But I would like to teach kids a system for playing from the heart, tranquil, happy, relaxed and joyful.

By the way, thank you for your CDs.  i just replaced my hip and the Successful Surgery was a big hit with me. Thank you for that. 

Please let me know about the kids.  Take care.  

Emilse Longo (Ed. Note:  We only use the writer’s actual name when specifically told that it’s okay to do so, as we were told by Emilse)

03 Jun

This is really something – The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra, with instruments put together from recycled materials by kids who can’t afford to play any other way.  And what music they make!  Check it out. 


20 May

Dutch researchers from Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam reviewed the literature to see if gut-directed hypnotherapy was as effective for children as it is for adults suffering from functional abdominal pain (FAP) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Investigators searched Medline, Embase, PsychINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for randomized controlled trials (RCT) with child subjects with FAP or IBS. They looked at the efficacy of hypnotherapy on abdominal pain, quality of life, treatment costs and school absenteeism.

13 May

I am a counselor who works in youth corrections.  Many of our kids come from homes filled with abuse and neglect.  They are very troubled, sad and angry.  Because of their backgrounds and histories of inadequate parenting from their mothers and fathers, they lack skills in self-calming, even though that is what they need more than anything else.  

These traumatized preteens and teens respond very well to meditation, tai chi, spirituality group and guided imagery, and I even use BR’s recordings for a group before they go to bed.   It reaches them and settles them down in a very dramatic way.  I want others to know about this, because these kids look like the most unlikely meditators and imagery-users in the world.

John Davis Hansen, MSW

08 Apr

We recently found this posting about one of our favorite kids’ guided imagery recordings, Betty Mehling’s Magic Island.  It says it all about the really priceless ways a simple recording can positively impact your child, so we’re just going to let it speak for itself:

We purchased this CD for our eldest daughter 2 years ago. She was having difficulty quieting her active mind at bedtime. At age 7 she began listening to this CD occasionally. Her frequency of listening grew more regular and after about 6 weeks she was listening to the CD nightly.

She has listened to it nightly for almost 2 years now. She is so comforted by the soothing and nurturing imagery of this magical journey in a hot air balloon to the magic island.

Thank you so much for making this wonderful CD available. It has changed her sleep to a more restful and restorative experience in a safe and peaceful manner.
11 Mar


I would like to send some of your items to the Newtown, CT Public Library to help people there. I thought I'd send 5 Playaways of the Trauma PTS one. Is that okay for sharing with people? Would you recommend this or something else for the children, too? Thanks,



Hey, Bethany. 

What a generous idea!

Just so you know, we have posted a web page with information on PTS and free downloads for Newtown, but I'll bet there are a bunch of people who would find resources in the library a lot faster than they ever would on a web page, so that's a great idea. 

I think it would require your talking to the librarians there, too, so they could direct people to them properly, though.  I wouldn't just send them to the library without making sure somebody knows what they're for.

05 Mar

Dear Belleruth,

My daughter and son-in-law gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who was conceived in vitro.  He was born at 25 weeks gestation, weighing 1 lb 9oz, measuring 13" long.

He will be in Neonatal Intensive Care for some months.  I would love a CD to play for him.  Although things look good, his little lungs are not yet developed so breathing is difficult. His heart is not fully developed and has a hole.  

He can't be held or removed from the incubator.  He can't be touched except for brief periods.  

Do you have a CD that could be played for him, his mother and father and grandparents?

Thank you.  A friend who died of cancer introduced me to your wonderful CD's when I was having trouble sleeping, I never heard the whole CD as I fell asleep every time I played it : )