If your child has a disability, then they might have struggles with anxiety. One of the therapy techniques we use at Connections Therapy Center is guided imagery, which can be a big help. Guided imagery is a type of meditation that involves visualization. Here is what you should know about guided imagery and how it can help your child.
How Guided Imagery Works
Guided imagery uses visualization exercises to help a person use their imagination to build and develop a mind-body connection. It is designed for healing purposes as it helps an individual process different stressors in their life. Guided imagery works especially well for children because of their vivid imaginations and love of playing pretend. A therapist uses guided imagery with a child to help reduce anxiety by giving them a way to cope with situations that might scare them. New experiences, like the first day of school, can be especially stressful. Using guided imagery can make a child feel safe and secure because it puts the situation under control.
Benefits of Guided Imagery
For many years, guided imagery is a recognized treatment for mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, as well as learning disabilities. A big part of the reason for its success is that guided imagery can be adjusted to fit a person’s needs. That is why guided imagery can do everything from improving sleep and confidence to encouraging creativity. It has even been shown that guided imagery contributes to strengthening the immune system. When you aren’t sure where to start with therapy for your child, then guided imagery can be a good choice.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (301) 577-4333. Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.