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The IBS Audio Program 60 was developed specifically for children with IBS. The program uses gut-specific hypnotherapy guided imagery processes and methods to help alleviate global Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms in children. It is designed to help both the physical and emotional aspects of IBS, including functional recurrent abdominal pain.
The program provides compassionate and gentle imagery to help reduce or eliminate all IBS symptoms, including:
recurrent functional abdominal pain
The program also provides support for parents, and gives guidance for returning the child to school. Used successfully in the clinical setting for over five years, this is the only program of its kind readily available.
The IBS Audio Program 60 Includes 4 CDs With:
An Informational Introductory Session For Parents Only
2 Introductory Sessions For The Child
6 Therapeutic Sessions For The Child
Complete Informational Booklet. Includes: symptom checklist, progress log, listening schedule, plus essential information about IBS and related symptoms and concerns for both you and your child.
About Michael Mahoney, Clinical Hypnotherapist
The child's IBS program is designed and performed by Michael Mahoney, one of the United Kingdom's leading Clinical Hypnotherapists in the treatment of IBS. The audio program is the culmination of Michael's clinical experience since 1986. The program effectively converts one-to-one sessions that are used in his clinical environment into a unique home-based, easy to follow program for the IBS child, to alleviates pain, diarrhea, cramping, constipation, bloating, stress, anxiety, fears of school and difficult situations and many other IBS symptoms.
Michael's services are regularly used by gastroenterologists, doctors and other medical professionals. He is an associate member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology. He works alongside general practitioners and takes referrals from gastroenterologists, and has been treating IBS patients at his Medical Centre in Cheshire since 1993. Since that time, he has used his original gut-specific therapy, On-Going Progressive Session Induction Methods (OPSIM) successfully with thousands of patients.
Michael's work in the United Kingdom is so renowned in 2011 he was invited by The Lord Chamberlain to attend Queen Elizabeth's July Garden Party, for recognition of his work with IBS patients.
The IBS Audio Program 60 For Children Addresses:
Alternating bowel movements (diarrhea/constipation)
Rushing to the toilet
Pain in back passage
Not empty feeling
Fear of going out
Fear of going to school
Friends don't understand
Teachers don't understand
Others don't understand
Feeling sad and not wanting to play
Always avoid foods
Improvement of general happiness
How The IBS Child's Program Works
Functional or recurrent abdominal pain, tummy aches, missed school, and the various symptoms of functional motility disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in children are not new, but finding an appropriate treatment for your child may prove to be quite frustrating. While many medications and behavioral treatment methods can provide some relief for your child, you may still be searching for something more effective that can be used alongside treatment prescribed by your child's physician.
The IBS Audio Program 60 is designed to address all IBS symptoms, recurrent abdominal pain or RAP (also termed functional abdominal pain or FAP), school attendance worries, peer pressure, pressure from teachers and other authority figures, mood, sleep, and general happiness, in addition to other areas included in the 27 measured responses for symptom reduction.
Using relaxation and imagery, the child uses his/her natural abilities to follow simple suggestions, learning to control their symptoms and fears, and bring calmness and harmony to both body and emotions. The program includes a listening schedule and symptom checklist / progress log.
Parental participation is required and the program is suitable for children ages 8-13. For children who have a good understanding of concepts, and parental guidance, it can prove helpful for children a bit younger as well.
The program should not be used for children who have mental and/or emotional issues or conditions that have been diagnosed independently of their IBS or functional gastrointestinal related symptoms.
Research has shown that the use of clinical hypnotherapy often helps children who have failed to see improvements with other methods.
Clinical Research and Development Background For The IBS Child's Program
The hypnotherapy sessions in this program are unique to clinical hypnotherapist Michael Mahoney, who developed and used the protocol with many children with IBS over the years. The at-home IBS audio program grew out of his clinical practice treatments of children with IBS.
The program's initial formal clinical research began with in-person IBS treatments, involving 16 children (10 girls and 6 boys, ages 8 to 13). The children received IBS hypnotherapy sessions at the Guardian Medical Centre, Warrington, Cheshire. The children also listened to recordings of their sessions in their own home, under the supervision of their parents where applicable.
An initial consultation and evaluation was given to each child to determine the nature and their perception of their condition. Parents were interviewed separately and apprised of the treatment protocol and their need for involvement.
Each child was asked to rate their IBS symptoms and emotional/social areas of concern on a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being very severe and 0 being non-existent). They were also asked to rate their general happiness from 0 to 10. This was done to get a baseline of their condition, so that it could be evaluated with their rankings after the completion of the program.
Parents were put at ease and given a private introductory session fully explaining the nature of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Functional Abdominal Pain, and related symptoms and emotional concerns. They were told how the clinical hypnotherapy sessions would help their child reduce or alleviate IBS symptoms. It was fully expected that the parent would take part in their child's therapy sessions by explaining any further questions, providing reassurance, and ensuring compliance in listening to the sessions. Each live session was recorded for the child to listen to, according to a specific schedule at home, until the next scheduled appointment for the subsequent live session. All live sessions were recorded in this way.
Parents were apprised that IBS is still a major concern for doctors, that it is a complex disorder, and there are still many more questions than answers. IBS may start with what seems a simple stomachache, but so often leads to the disruption of many parts of the child's life, and the lives of those around them. This adult session empathizes with the parents' experience of cancelled trips to school, their child curled up in pain, and refusing to move or go out. Often this has a social impact as well. The child may drop out of clubs, after school activities, and even lose contact with friends.
Despair is felt, and confidence and self-esteem are reduced as all attempts at reassurance falter. The parents are informed that once trust has been gained, the majority of children and teens are excellent to work with. They listen, they are honest, and they are willing to put in the time and effort to help themselves.
Further information is given on the frustrations of both child and parent, and how they can work together to help the situation not only on the level of obvious symptoms, but the emotional aspects as well.
For The Child
Each child was given a first introductory session that was not hypnotherapy, but that explained the nature of their treatment, asked them questions about their pain and other symptoms, explained the brain-gut connection underlying IBS in simple terms, and made them feel comfortable and cared for.
The second session with the child was also introductory in nature and provided simple exercises for defining pain and thinking about it from a different perspective. The child was encouraged to think about their symptoms and problems in a new way, and to take ownership of them, as well as to know that they would be given the tools to do so in an easy, structured way.
The following six sessions for the child were completed over several weeks, and consisted of gut-specific hypnotherapy:
1. The first hypnotherapy session helps the child learn to relax and become accustomed to the hypnotherapy process, and to feel good about themselves taking time to get better.
2. The second hypnotherapy session used a combination of gentle imagery as well as the child's own answers to questions asked in the introduction to help address the child's symptoms. They learn to let go of those things no longer needed, like the worry about their stomach, and any worries about going out or going to school, visiting people or doing new things, or any other areas of concern for the child.
3. The third hypnotherapy session assists the child in looking forward to the future without symptoms, feeling well and able to move forward in a whole and healthy way.
4. The child's fourth hypnotherapy session uses further gentle imagery to address concerns with digestive motility, so that the child uses their own natural abilities to balance the digestive system and reduce or eliminate unwanted digestive symptoms of IBS.
5. In the fifth hypnotherapy session the child learns to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Processes and imagery are provided for the child to move even further into the future, removing any remaining areas of pain. They learn to look forward to taking part in life without worry or fear of any situation at home or school. They learn to see themselves in everyday life living it as they want to free of IBS.
The sixth and final hypnotherapy session encapsulates the previous sessions, embedding them further and helping to maintain the progress made through the program. This session provides a means to continue with improvements beyond the duration of the active sessions.
Participation for the child simply comprised attending the live sessions, then listening to the recording of that session according to a specific schedule in their own home until the next scheduled session.
Upon completion of the final session the child was again asked to rank their progress by rating the 27 symptoms and emotional/social areas of concern. They were again also asked to rate their general happiness. Improvement was shown on all levels.
In order to determine maintenance and continued improvement, additional rankings were provided by the children at several times in the year following their completion of the hypnotherapy program. These subsequent rankings indicated even further progress.
In addition to improvements ranked, further feedback indicated secondary outcomes. Parents became closer to their children, and the children received validation for their condition, which, in turn, further helped their progress. The children indicated that the sessions were pleasant and easy to do, and they were pleased that they were feeling better - and as indicated by feedback - much happier overall.
"Hypnosis can also help kids who have chronic stomach pain -- the type of pain that is real, but unexplained. The problem results in lost time at school, frequent doctor visits, as well as anxiety and depression, and can last into adult years. But through a combination approach - relaxation, guided imagery, and hypnosis - it's possible for kids to gain control over their pain." ~ from Hypnosis: Focusing Subconscious on Change, Jeanie Lerche Davis, WebMD.
Advantages of Child's IBS Self-Hypnosis Audio Program
Cost effective, convenient, used in the privacy, security and familiarity of your child's own home during the times you choose.
No worries of missed appointments or travel times.
Completely safe. No risk of any side effects. Program can be used with other treatment methods (always follow your child's physician's guidance).
Please make sure your child has been diagnosed with IBS by a medical doctor as there are other serious conditions with symptoms similar to IBS. Please ask your child's gastroenterologist or physician if you are in doubt about the use of gut-specific hypnotherapy. Research shows that clinical hypnotherapy can be very effective in treating IBS and related symptoms of functional abdominal pain, missing school, etc. in children. The American Gastroenterological Association has approved the use of clinical hypnotherapy as a treatment method for IBS since 1996.
After trying almost everything else for his IBS, my 14 year old son had missed 18 days of school in two months time prior to starting Mike's program. He now is almost totally off all meds and managing his symptoms quite well with no more missed days off school. In addition to feeling better physically, he's not as anxious about eating out or even going out. He recently spent 4 hours out on a boat with no bathroom. Three months ago that would have been impossible from a psychological standpoint.
Child's IBS Audio Program (Self Hypnosis)
Reviewed on 9/18/2011
We have seen a dramatic improvement
We are pleased to give you some feedback. Alan is continuing to move on in a most positive frame of mind. He listens to your recordings on occasions, and continues to find them most helpful.
We have seen a dramatic improvement in confidence and overall calmness continues, even after a few difficulties at school and some slight bullying issues. IBS symptoms remain controlled and overall wellbeing and happiness is markedly improved. Alan is much happier playing now too, and he often speaks about you and your work together. We see this as very positive as he simply sees that time in his life as a happy one, and not as we dreaded one of continuing distress. He has even decided he is going to be a doctor when he grows up, this makes a change from a footballer, or millionaire, which were his previous flavours. Whatever Alan grows to be, we know it wouldn't have been possible without you. We are so pleased we heard about you just at the right time too.
From our point of view we do not know where we would be now without your help, support and guidance. We wish you every success with your work and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the work you have done. We wish you well in all areas of your work we are pleased to be able to contribute in this way. From Alan and all of us here we hope you are in good health and thank you once again.
Child's IBS Audio Program (Self Hypnosis)
Reviewed on 7/8/2011
We don’t know how all this works but are pleased it did
We are all fine, Louise and Sam send their good wishes to you. We are all great here. Lou is so much happier and active, she is sleeping better and generally much more relaxed. Seems to me and Sam agrees that Lou is much more alive now. She is active, wanting to learn and enjoying school again. She likes to dine out now with us, and of course wants to try all the things we have so her experiences are widening, in food, play, study and especially in interacting with other kids. Pain, cramps seem to have gone completely.
We don’t know how all this works but are pleased it did, in fact delighted. Sam too is more relaxed. I think it is mother's guilt thing or parental guilt whatever you would call it. She found your explanation of the IBS and working with Lou through the recordings you gave us helped Sam to understand too that this was not something we had done but just one of those things. If our GP can't tell us how it starts or ends we have no chance of understanding. But your simple explanation helped loads. Overall we as a family are all benefiting. I think its great that you entering your work into things like this. Mike, Perhaps they could clone you! You’re definitely needed. We all wish you well.
Child's IBS Audio Program (Self Hypnosis)
Reviewed on 5/21/2011
All is good here, no worries at all
Jane is happy and into mischief, had a bit of a worry recently with one of Jess’s relatives who Jane is very fond of. She was so upset that she said to send uncle Jim to Mike so you have made an impression Jane is fine and even her sleeping is better, and her school work too is good. Her least favourite teacher is now her favourite. She is growing up just as young ones should. Her pain is nothing - not worth mentioning now - she doesn't. Every now and again she will say she has an ache, but then we point out she has been eating and dashing around. Usually we can see why she feels uncomfortable sometimes but she generally just continues to get on with life. Jess still feels embarrassed when she recalls her first meeting with you. I guess you will remember she was so worried. We are continuing to see Jane grow and develop. She is really fine and we thank you for it and secretly I think our GP does too. I hope this helps you. Your recordings are on the cupboard in Jane’s room and she knows they are there if they are ever needed again. All is good here, no worries at all. Jane is happy and into mischief, had a bit of a worry recently with one of Jess’s relatives who Jane is very fond of. She was so upset that she said to send uncle Jim to Mike so you have made an impression Jane is fine and even her sleeping is better, and her school work too is good. Her least favourite teacher is now her favourite. She is growing up just as young ones should. Her pain is nothing - not worth mentioning now - she doesn't. Every now and again she will say she has an ache, but then we point out she has been eating and dashing around. Usually we can see why she feels uncomfortable sometimes but she generally just continues to get on with life. Jess still feels embarrassed when she recalls her first meeting with you. I guess you will remember she was so worried. We are continuing to see Jane grow and develop. She is really fine and we thank you for it and secretly I think our GP does too. I hope this helps you. Your recordings are on the cupboard in Jane’s room and she knows they are there if they are ever needed again.
Child's IBS Audio Program (Self Hypnosis)
Reviewed on 5/14/2011
The senior clinical pediatrician referred us to Michael Mahoney
The senior clinical pediatrician referred us to Michael Mahoney after my daughter missed 2 years of school; her studies were sent home and clinical psychiatrists tried to help her but with no benefit. Upon completion of the sessions, my daughter went back to school, getting good grades, and is now studying for a profession and no going back.
Listen to the Child's IBS Audio Program for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The program addresses multiple IBS symptoms, specifically for children. It is particularly helpful for stress/anxiety related IBS, and is extremely relaxing, calming, and soothing.
Listen to a sample from the Parental CD This clip acknowledges the frustrations of parents as well as medical professionals, and it outlines the areas of concern the program addresses.
Listen to a sample from Session 2 Using lots of imagery, which children really enjoy, this clip gives an example of how imagery and program delivery combine for effective communication to both the conscious and subconscious mind. The focus is on how to let go of worries and concerns associated with IBS.
Listen to a sample from Session 5 Continuing the progress made earlier in the program, this clip has future projection imagery that reinforces the changes learned and applied so far. The focus is on looking forward to feeling comfortable, encouraging positive expectations, and feelings of calm, comfort, and empowerment.
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