Ellen Curran has been a registered nurse for 24 years. She obtained certification in Interactive Guided Imagery through the Beyond Ordinary Nursing Program (BON) sponsored by the American Holistic Nurses Association. In this helpful and user-friendly resource, Curran presents a wellness source for healing children and teenagers. It is designed to be used with parents and caregivers serving as guides.
"Healing imagery," according to the author, "is a way to use one's imagination in a focused way to help mind and body to self-heal, perform, and recuperate on both a physical and emotional level, by honoring oneself and helping the small voice from within to be heard." Using examples of how her young daughter used imagery to cope with serious respiratory and viral illness, Curran makes it clear that this use of the imagination comes naturally to children. She even quotes Albert Einstein who once said, "Imagination is only intelligence having fun."
The author presents "scripted imageries" for head-to-toe relaxation, for combating flu, fever, pain, difficult breathing, sleep, fear, coping, and wound healing. There is also a chapter of guided imagery especially for teens, including one for body image. The exercises for sleep, fear, and coping could be used by parents working with their children's problems stemming from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.