Tapping in the Classroom: Reducing Childrens’ Anxiety Improves Learning
Nov 02, 2018 02:04PM
By Suzanne Rossini
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping is a stress and trauma somatic release method that is simple to learn, child-friendly and recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as an effective treatment for stress and trauma. EFT Tapping is just as highly effective for stress resiliency, anxiety, pain relief, test anxiety, panic attacks, and a host of other physical and emotional symptoms. Because of this, tapping can make a remarkable difference in a classroom setting.
Many students have moderate to extreme test anxiety and need help to stay calm and focused in the classroom. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and perhaps the most remarkable. As students become anxious, the brain, in particular the amygdala, releases stress hormones that significantly interfere with brain functioning. When fear triggers the amygdala, the brain goes into fight, flight or freeze mode. In this mode, the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and retrieving long-term memory (necessary for testing) is not functioning optimally. Tapping, a technique that enables proper flow of energy throughout your body by gently tapping on the body’s energy meridians, can radically change a child’s relationship not only to test anxiety, but to learning overall.
“EFT or Tapping is a stress management tool. It is self-applied and easy to learn and use,” adds Dr. Peta Stapleton, Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University in Australia. “Many studies have examined the effects of EFT on test-taking anxiety and depression in students, teacher burnout, anxiety, presentation anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Recent research has shown EFT to significantly reduce fear of failure in 15-year-old students, and improve their self-perceived difficulties. The combination of a short-term intervention, easy to master technique, and immediate results contribute to the hypothesis that EFT may be an effective tool for students in classroom situations.”
For more information about Tapping in the Classroom, contact Suzanne Rossini about her 10-Hour Master Class for Sustainable EFT Tapping in the Classroom at [email protected] or 914-434-8998. See ad, page 32.