The absorption technique for children



The Absorption Technique for Children is a protocol that was derived from the work of Arne Hofmann (2003) who based his work on an adaptation of "The Wedging Technique" (Kiessling, 2009). The Absorption Technique for Children is a resource technique that supports children in creating resources for present issues and future challenges such as dealing with a difficult teacher or handling a disagreement with a classmate and so forth. This is accomplished by asking the child to imagine 3 strengths or skills that could help them during their problem or issue to reduce their negative feelings. When a child focuses on a specific strength or skill it enables him to create a wedge of safety or control that can assist him when he has to deal with difficult situations in the future. For young children, usually one strength or skill is used for simplicity. In this author's experience, if a child is of school age or an adolescent, eye movements work very well. When a child is 6 years old or younger, or does not like eye movements, tapping on the back of the hands is more helpful. Basically, the Absorption Technique for Children is used for present challenges and future concerns. This author uses Resource Installation for stressful situations first.


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Dagmar Eckers



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