Using olfactory stimulation with children to cue resource development and installation



According to Korn and Leeds (2002), the main goal of developing and installing resources is to increase the client's capacity for self-regulation by enhancing their ability to access memory networks that contain adaptive and functional information. The RDI Protocol should only be considered based on specific criteria that suggest it is needed for the individual child. Remember that the purpose of doing RDI is to increase the child's ability to change state adaptively and tolerate disturbance so the child can prepare for trauma reprocessing. Traumatized children deserve to be treated with the full EMDR reprocessing protocol so that they can make a complete recovery. Because of the short attention span in children, this protocol may take two sessions to complete. Often, school-aged children can do the protocol in one session. For younger children, installing one resource might be more appropriate, older children can often use up to three resources effectively. A simplified version with preschoolers may be necessary. The following RDI protocol has been adapted from the adult RDI protocol developed by Deborah Korn and Andrew Leeds (2002).


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