Hypnotherapy in the care of children has recently enjoyed a renaissance of interest and attention. Anecdotal reports of pediatric applications have been intriguing, yet hypnosis as a therapeutic modality in pediatrics has, with notable exceptions, remained out of the mainstream of medical understanding and use. Karen Olness, a pediatrician, and the late Gail Gardner, a psychologist, have, in this book, challenged clinicians to reexamine the potential contribution of hypnotherapy toward the primary care of a broad spectrum of pediatric conditions.
In a field so relatively new and untried, the authors have provided a general guide to the field, including introductory information, clinical applications, and research progress to date. The first chapters are devoted to the history of hypnotherapy and children, as well as to a review of the fundamentals of hypnosis and hypnotic responsiveness in children. There is a detailed chapter on hypnotic induction techniques. The body of the book