The Gazette in Colorado Springs this week reports on a new class offering guided imagery for children. For years, Katy Allred has taught adults to meditate, but after having her daughter 18 months ago, she realized that children could benefit from imagery and meditation as well. “There are so many pressures on [children] today,” says Allred, “Learning skills to combat anxiety and knowing that they have some control… is really good.”
Allred is quick to point out that guided imagery for children is very different from the adult version. She describes what she teaches as “relaxation and self-regulation techniques” for kids. She uses short guided visualizations, art projects, and writing exercises to help kids connect with their feelings and cope with pressure. Using play- and art-based methods, Allred is able to keep the kids involved and interested.
The results are noticeable. A member of the class told the Gazette, “There were a few times I lost it with a bad day, and I was about to start freaking out and my son said ‘Mommy, take a deep breath.’”
The Healing Waterfall offers several guided meditation and imagery programs for families and children. Try one today to help cultivate more peace for your family and in your home.