There has been a lot of discussion recently on my SED/ ARFID forums from parents worrying that their children will not want engage with my therapy because they will not want to be hypnotised. I pointed out that most children I work with opt for the non-hypnosis option in any case. As I happened to be seeing two different children in the last few days who specifically did not want to be hypnotised and who fortunately agreed to be filmed to illustrate this on

In both cases, the set up took approx 40 minutes and then the change work itself took approx 15 minutes.

The first case was with Leo. Leo has unfortunately had early experiences of many different things each of which alone could lead to SED/ARFID: he had tongue-tie (which means his brain associated pain with feeding): he is hyper-mobile (which means hyper sensitivity to sensory feedback, especially texture, temperature) and some experience of vomiting with feeding. Despite all these influences, Leo was bravely committed to getting better.

He lived off fruits, yoghurts, pretzels and the like.
At the end of the session Leo is experimenting with the foods brought in, despite them being very challenging foods to start with (especially cold chicken with avocado!) when there are elements of sensory processing issues. However, even though Leo still had difficulty getting used to the new tastes, he did also learn that he could cope even when he did not like the tastes. Fortunately he liked the healthy greens he tasted. For the full before-and-after video clip of Leo, please click on:

Sam also had issues with feeding from birth , however there were no obvious reasons that his parents could remember. Sam tries a range of fruit and yoghurt for the first time and a few salad vegetables.

As can clearly be seen in both cases, neither child was hypnotised – we were chatting and having a normal conversation and they were fidgeting accordingly as would be expected, and still got the desired results.

Please note this approach will not work for all children but does also need to take into account – motivation, timing, receptivity, and commitment.