How To Hypnotize Your Children

How to Teach Self Hypnosis to Autistic People

Four Parts:

Extremely high levels of anxiety are often an aspect of autism. During early treatment, the therapist often takes the role of help through exercises such as controlled breathing, muscle relaxation techniques and the use of imagery. At some point, the therapist will no longer be with the child, and therefore, it is important to put young teenagers in charge of their own relaxation techniques. Self-Hypnosis works particularly well, and the steps for this are included below.


Preparation Steps

  1. Find out what the young teen likes and finds relaxing such as woods versus water, sounds, colors, and more.The more sensory “likes” you can learn the more effective will be the guided hypnosis and self-hypnosis that follow.
  2. Do the relaxation and breathing exercises first.
  3. Suggest that the teen lay back in any position that is the most comfortable.
  4. Ask the young man or woman to shut their eyes.
  5. If music is to be used, which is often preferable, turn on the music softly in the background.

Hypnosis Steps

  1. Regress the person.This means moving beginning with where the person is, alert and lying on a couch, a carpet or other, to a place of profound internal calm.
    • The regression is bringing the person through suggestion from being externally oriented to internally oriented, and from anxious to extremely relaxed.
  2. Ensure that you are consistent.
    • Use coaching prompts are memorized and/or written down.
    • Changing the words or images will negatively impact what you are trying to do, as well as in some way confuse the individual.
  3. Use a five or ten count.You, knowing the person, will have to estimate how quickly or slowly, how many steps in short, to go in order to achieve moving to that place of calm already mentioned.
    • This is essential to move from the present awareness to that place of peace, using as many sensual cues as is possible such as hearing the water, feeling the cool moss, feeling the sunshine softly etc.
    • The more visual/sensorial it is, the stronger will be the impact of the process.
  4. Use what you learned during the preparatory steps.If the person said that water is good, or calming, then build water into the scenario.
    • Combine sensations such as "soft moss" to "cool shade" and "warm sunshine. #*Warmth is most often equated with safety, so this is the direction to head towards.
    • Always start with where the person is and what there is to sense in the situation.
  5. Move deeper into "self" and the vision with each step.
    • Carefully construct a scenario to shift from there anxiety producing here and now to a vision of a peaceful and safe situation that is pleasing to the senses.
    • Once the person is in the place of peace, reinforce that it is both peaceful and safe.
  6. Build in a safety assurance.Suggest that the “blue light” or the “warm, soft breeze” keeps them both safe and calm while they are “there”.


  • You are breathing deeply now, in through the nose and out through the mouth. The sounds of everything but your heartbeat and breathing are fading away. You can feel the carpet beneath your back, hear your heartbeat, and letting go of everything else except my voice and the pleasant, soft music.
  • As you move to step five, you find yourself in a field. You can hear the sounds of soft and flowing water. As you walk towards the taller trees and the sound of the water, you can feel the cool, soft moss under your feet.
  • You cross the creek easily, knowing that on the other side is the safe place. Four. You are now at the other edge of the woods, and can see a small clearing. It is quiet and so, so calm. It is a place only you know of, and know it is the place of peace and safety.
  • Three. You begin to move into the soft and warm sunshine. The grass is so very soft beneath your feet. As you breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth, you can feel yourself becoming more and more calm in this safe place. It is as if each time you breathe, this wonderful place takes any worry and all fear away from you.
  • Two. You feel yourself now wrapped in a ball of the beautiful blue light. It is warm, safe, and calm. Your heart beats slower, and your breaths are deep and calm also. In through the nose and out through the mouth
  • One. You are in a cocoon of warm, safe and healing blue light now. You feel so very calm you could almost sleep. You have no worries. Everything is as it should be.
    • For a while, you are just going to keep breathing, and with each breath, letting go of any thoughts that cross your mind. You are happy and at peace. Safe within the light. You feel so calm, so good. You hear only the music, the breeze in the trees and feel the light that is now a part of you.

Self-Hypnosis Steps

  1. Make a recording for the individual.
    • Create a tape or other recording of the music and your voice when high effectiveness is achieved.
    • Self-hypnosis occurs when the individual can use this recording without you present to add or delete certain prompts.
    • This happens when you create a voice over music tape or CD, where the person can use it effectively without you even being present.
  2. Very clearly use an end of self-hypnosis statement.Add in the recording a clear statement to remain in the highly relaxed state, but also a slightly louder and clear end point when you will begin the return to the present.
    • Each person will be different.
    • Some will pick up and use the most subtle suggestions, some require it to be more pronounced and to have it stated without other words just before or after it.

Steps to End the Self- or Guided-Hypnosis

  1. Make a statement that you will be moving back to the present.Tell the person that although he/she can return to this place of calm at any time, but for now you are going to guide them back to the here and now.
  2. Use the same five to ten steps you used initially in regression, but in reverse.
    • Always begin with the place of peace as step one.
    • Step two might be the bubble of light slowly moving away into the sky, allowing the person to thank the light, but begin to move again through the field toward the trees (as was used in the example).
  3. Use the five or ten count reversed.Move methodically from being completely internally oriented to gaining awareness about the present.
  4. Complete the steps, bringing the person back to the present.Include hearing other things in the environment and telling them that they are on the carpet/couch and canfeelit under them.
    • Using sensory clues as to the present is just as important as they were during regression.
  5. Tell the person to open his/her eyes slowly.
    • Suggest moving legs, arms, neck etc. when they feel ready to do so.
    • Make sure the person is fully awake and aware of his/her own body before they truly begin to move about. You do not want someone to fall if they are not quite reoriented.
  6. Include this, of course, in the recording as well.

Bonus: Planting a Relaxation-Response Action

  1. Create a physical cue, not otherwise used, as the relaxation response trigger.
    • This is a bonus, and rather easy to do.
    • It will become a lifelong skill for the person, making anxiety easier to manage.
  2. Decide upon a physicalsymbolto trigger the response.
    • Tell the person that whenever they do this symbol, it will bring their anxiety back down, just like in the imagery, such as the field and the light bubble.
  3. Create the cue as something that would ordinarily not just happen.
    • For example, when in the deepest relaxation, suggest that if one touched their pinky to their opposite elbow, they will feel just as relaxed as in the hypnotic state.
    • Do not use something that could happen in everyday life.
    • For example, touching the thumb to the forefinger happens when we write. Do not use something that commonly occurs, but has to be used intentionally.
    • We do notaccidentallytouch our pinky to the opposite elbow in most instances.
  4. Reinforce this embedded response many times during hypnosis.
  5. When not regressed, remind the person that this type of touch will help them to feel calm.
    • Monitor, and suggest purposeful use of this, for at least two months to ensure it is effective.

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  • Choose calm, soft and repetitive music to use in the background.
  • Acid rock or Rap is not conducive to relaxation or hypnosis.
  • Avoid lyrics. Lyrics can be distracting as well.
  • Pachelbel's cannon with sounds of the ocean is a good example.
  • Make sure that your sessions will not be interrupted.
  • Make sure the person knows how to tell others that they need uninterrupted time alone when practicing on their own.
  • Support this by explaining to family or spouse, roommates, that loud noise outside of the person's room will not be helpful. Nor will be certain smells, like bacon frying or other.
  • Practice the procedure and steps for this whole process many times before using it with a person with Asperger's Disorder.
  • Use a soft, but clearly audible voice.
  • Do not expect instant success. It is not uncommon in the first few session for the person to sit up to ask a question.
  • Answer the question, but then ask the person to hold other questions, and start over.
  • Do not just assume the person is comfortable. Spend some time asking about different positions and which is most comfortable as this is a fairly long process once begun.


  • Individuals with Asperger's Disorder tend to feel comfortable when being/feeling alone and focusing internally. As such, some individuals will be very easy to guide into a very relaxed state, but perhaps hard to bring back to the present.

If you know someone is hard to bring back, spend more time working on the process of coming back to the present. If still difficult, have a secondary, tactile prelude toopen your eyes, such as "Now I am going to touch your left arm, and you will slowly open your eyes, Jodi". Using the person's name helps, and the tactile stimulation brings the awareness of the external world more clearly into focus.

  • Should this happen, where a person does not "wake up", do not panic. Just follow the suggestions above.
  • Cooperation: In some situations, those around the individual will not be open to retaining a relatively quiet environment. If that is the situation, begin he work in an office or other setting where there is more environmental control.
  • If you make a mistake in the hypnotic relaxation-response plant, change it quickly to something the person literally never does. Everyone tries to get it right the first time, however; being human beings, an error can happen.
  • There are a few individuals who refuse to relax. That may not be helpful for the person, but it does not make the therapist a failure. Just try other ways that are also effective in anxiety control.

Things You'll Need

  • A comfortable, quiet environment.
  • Several non-lyrics based music to choose from. If it has a sensory value, such as the waves, that is all the better.
  • A manner to record your voice with the music in the background. As you will be speaking softly, sit close to the recorder so your voice is picked up.
  • A preferred cushion or pillow.
  • At times, some sort of throw or covering, if the person tends to feel cold. Preferably, adjust the temperature in the room, as that covering will be a sensory input.

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