The Tapping Solution: Children’s Book Collection and Giveaway

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Guest Blogger, Nick Ortner from The Tapping Solution

Personal wellness is something that we all strive for in our lives. But for our children, providing teachable moments to help live loving, peaceful lives is every parent’s goal. We want the best for our little loves!

This is our goal at The Tapping Solution. We provide programs, books and guides about EFT Tapping, which is a powerful holistic healing technique that uses principles of acupressure and modern psychology (similar to affirmations). Here is a sample of it being used in a school:

We’d also love for you to take a moment and check out our children’s book collection! Teaching kids how to breathe mindfully to let go of stress and their bad feelings is the inspiration behind my newest children’s book called My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing, available on May 15, 2018. The colorful pictures provide a fun way to find balance in our world, simply by breathing and using your magic breath to release the stress we all have. Click here for a list of tips to teach your kids mindful breathing.My Magic Breath-1.jpg

The Big Book of Hugs is another great story for your youngsters that highlights how to help others, simply by being there. Join Barkley the Bear as he prepares to take on the family business of hugging his forest friends. Barkley worries that he will not be able to provide the care necessary for everyone, but he soon finds out how easy and rewarding it is to help others.

If you are interested in teaching your little ones the EFT Tapping Process, Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs: A Tapping Solution Children’s Story, written by my brother, Alex Ortner, is a great option for you. In this book, a little girl named Annabel has been teased by other children, which has left her feeling sad and hurt. She learns to use the magical tapping technique to quickly release her sadness and regain her confidence. If you’re familiar with tapping, then you know that you tap on 9 pressure points on your body. The tapping process is taught through fun descriptions and illustrations for each tapping point, such as the Dragon Fire Point, which is my personal favorite. 🙂

If you feel that EFT Tapping is something that would benefit your child or even you as a parent, you may want to check out a new resource guide that has over a hundred tapping scripts for parents, children, and teenagers. The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children & Teenagers is a How-To guide for families willing to try this amazing technique. The scripts are categorized by specific social and emotional challenges such as dealing with divorce or bullying, so whatever issue you may be faced with, we most likely have it available for you.

The Tapping Solution was truly created to help others. We have tons of resources available to help you get started and a dedicated, caring team that understands the value of tapping and getting our message out. If you have any questions or want more information, please reach out to us at contact@thetappingsolution.com. You can also find more information on our website thetappingsolution.com and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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About Nick Ortner:

Nick Ortner – NY Times Best-Selling Author of “The Tapping Solution”

Executive Producer of the documentary film “The Tapping Solution” and the Annual Tapping World Summit, attended by over 2 million people around the world.

“The Tapping Solution” is a ground-breaking book and film exploring Tapping, a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that provides startling results.

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Win a Bundle package of The Tapping Solution books. Choose one or more ways to enter:

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5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 5/18/18. Shipped to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Coping with a Congenital Heart Defect: The First Year

 

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Guest Blogger, Lauren Backe; Mother and Advocate

Various media outlets caught wind of our Jack winning the national Starlight Children’s Foundation’s ‘Design a Gown’ contest— where people across the country were encouraged to design a creative hospital gown for children facing challenges in the hospital. He entered the contest for his sister, Everly, who has a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Upon his win, 30,000 comfortable, imaginative hospital gowns will be made and distributed in the likeness of his heartfelt creation: hearts and lots of printed glitter! Since winning, numerous people have approached my husband and I wanting to learn more about CHDs and Everly’s journey with it thus far.

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I didn’t know much about CHD until July 2017. I didn’t think I knew many babies who had it (turns out, I do know a few: an old neighbor’s son, a classmate of Jack’s brother, a friend of a friend’s daughter….) CHD is the most common birth defect. I asked LOTS of specialists (everyone we saw in July and August) what could’ve caused Everly’s CHD. They all assured me that I didn’t do anything to have caused it. Everly’s genetic testing came back clean. The heart starts as a tube and grows and branches off from there. From all I’ve learned about fetal heart development- it seems to me- it’s just a complete miracle that so many hearts form “normally.”

Everly was born in August. We found out a few months before birth that she had a CHD that would need to be repaired before she left the hospital. I remember the day vividly. After an ultrasound at around 30 weeks, my local OB said the heart looked a little off and we should get an ECHO to rule anything out. Not expecting to hear anything “bad” at the ECHO, I went by myself. I knew the news wasn’t great when the cardiologist said to me “So you came by yourself, huh?” I left the appointment with pictures drawn of our unborn baby’s heart compared to a “normal” heart and the cardiologist offered to call my husband that evening.

After learning her diagnosis, we set up to find the best surgeon for our girl. We are lucky that there are several “3 Star” rated heart hospitals near by. One particular surgeon at one of these hospitals came very highly recommended by just about anyone you asked. After meeting with him, we knew he was the one!

We met with an Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (high risk OB) and set up an induction day so that all of the right people for Everly would be ready for her when she was born. A few minutes after birth, the NICU swept her away to get her lines set up to receive  medication. They also performed an ECHO on her to get more pictures of her heart outside of my belly.

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CHD is 1 in 100 births.

Everly’s CHD is IAA/VSD (interrupted aortic arch and ventricular septal defect).

IAA is 2 in 100,000. IAA is about 1% of CHDs.  

Everly had the Norwood surgery to repair her IAA at 3 days old. The Norwood surgery for the IAA defect is not commonly needed. We had hoped that Everly would have ONLY ONE open heart/bypass surgery right after birth that would fix the IAA and the VSD. Unfortunately, her heart did not grow as expected between the fetal ECHO and birth, and she was not able to have that surgery (which is a less risky open heart/bypass surgery- STAT 4). STAT levels range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the most complex/dangerous.

Instead, she needed to have a very complex surgery (STAT 5 level). The Norwood corrected the IAA, but not the VSD (some parts of her heart needed time to grow before repairing the VSD). She will need to have multiple open heart/bypass surgeries in her life.

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In October, Everly was briefly hospitalized for a virus. Thankfully, we were able to take care of her the majority of the time at home with home oxygen tanks/machines.

She had a “cath” (cardiac catheter) in November 2017- this looked at the functioning of her heart to determine next steps- it’s a surgery with intubation and anesthesia but we were only there one night- it is not “open heart”. In the cath, they were able to do some “ballooning” to help buy a little bit of time.

In December 2017, Everly had an additional shunt put in (STAT 4) because she was not yet big enough for the “full repair”- the Rastelli procedure. She now has two shunts- one from the Norwood and then the additional one put in, in December.

In April 2018, Everly was briefly hospitalized for a virus- she needed some extra IV fluids to make sure the 2 shunts in her heart didn’t risk clotting.

The Rastelli surgery will be next. This will put a conduit in- tube and valve and fix the VSD.  She needs to be big enough for the Rastelli (STAT 3). The conduit is bigger than a shunt so there needs to be enough space in her chest/heart for this conduit to fit. After the Rastelli, we will hopefully have about 3-5 years until the next open heart surgery.

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Approximately every 3-5 years, she will need to have the conduit replaced. When she is big enough for an adult size conduit, the valve in the tube can be replaced through her leg (vs. an open heart surgery). However, the adult size conduit will not last forever and she will need to have the conduit replaced (more open heart surgery).  It is too hard to predict how many valve and/or conduit replacements she will need in her lifetime.

Everly is very medically fragile currently since her heart functions like it only has one chamber (not two like a normal heart), but will hopefully be considerably stronger after the Rastelli surgery. The time between the Norwood and the Rastelli is called the “interstage”- Everly is part of a “Norwood Clinic” where we have a lot of specialists for just a few patients because of the extreme fragile-ness. (If Everly had had the one time repair we initially had hoped for, we wouldn’t be part of this “group”). We hadn’t planned for this (the Norwood surgery) so we didn’t know the specialists. BUT we were so lucky to be handed this amazing team. They are truly amazing and have helped us so much in these very critical months. We will continue to be part of this “Norwood Clinic” until the Rastelli.

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So in short…. What have we learned over the past 10ish months?

Choose joy each day, find joy in small things, celebrate all victories- even small ones, take things one day at a time, try not to take time with family and friends for granted, try to live in the moment, try not to sweat the small stuff, breathe…. This little girl and her strength and Jack’s ability to adapt to all the changes has taught us so much in 9 short months. Everyday, we are grateful for both of them. Perspective is everything.

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Celebrating Child Life Specialists & Kids with Disabilities: #SaludTues Tweet Chat, 3/20

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As the U.S. Latino population continues to grow so does the need for quality health care services. Yet many Latinos remain uninsured and face barriers to care like poverty, and cultural and linguistic challenges.

Latino children who are chronically ill or who have special needs are especially vulnerable due having the lowest rates of insurance coverage when compared to kids of other ethnic and racial groups.

Despite these challenges, every child deserves the best quality of healthcare services available. For children who are chronically ill, this may take the form of a child life specialist who can provide evidence-based therapeutic play and therapy to a child and also help to to establish trust with families.

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Let’s use #SaludTues on March 20, 2018, to chat about ways to celebrate the life child profession and promote access to child life specialists in Latino communities!

We’ll open the floor to research, your experiences, stories, & best practices as we explore:

  • The role child life specialists play to support families of children w/ disabilities;
  • How communities can support children w/ special needs this #ChildLifeMonth?;
  • What public health benefit child life specialists can bring to Latino kids & their families

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, and share stories and resources to help promote heart health and

Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.