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Harry, the Hypno-potamus: Metaphorical Tales for the Treatment of Children
By Linda Thomson PhD MEN CPNP
4.4 out of 5 stars (7 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Crown House Pub Ltd
Binding:  Hardcover
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Harry the Hypno-potamus is a collection of metaphorical stories that deal with a variety of physical and behavioral problems faced by children. Embedded in each story is a metaphor as well as hypnotherapeutic techniques that can be used as part of a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a host of disorders.

Reading the title story, How Harry the Hypno-potamus Got His Name, to a child is a wonderful way to introduce him or her to the idea of hypnosis as well as understanding the power of the child’s imagination.

The thirty-two illustrated stories feature animals in the Ashland Zoo that rely on the guidance and support of Dr. Dan, the zoo’s vet, to help master such problems as:

  • Phobias and anxiety attacks
  • Pain management
  • Sleep disorders
  • Asthma and other serious medical disorders
  • Habits and habit control
  • Death and dying

A clinician may wish to read one of the stories with a child or may find it more suitable to adapt the techniques to his own unique style. Some of the therapeutic interventions are very problem specific while others are more general and can be used for a variety of conditions. Each story contains full-color illustrations and is designed so that a specific story can be read by the clinician to the child. In addition, there is introductory clinical material included that explains how to use the book and the stories it contains, as well as additional references.

 
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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Kids respond to stories and images in Harry the Hypno-potamus!, January 14, 2014
By Ingrid Zirnis Johnson
Excellent resource for working with children. Many effective approaches, also easily adapted for other ages. Thank you!
Ingrid Johnson C Ht
Boulder Hypnotherapy Center

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Expertly written treatment for children., December 04, 2013
By Hypno Girl (Chesapeake, VA)
A must have for therapists and hypnotists who work with young children. Children respond well to the use of metaphors.

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3.0 out of 5 stars.  Metaphors? I guess. Technically., February 02, 2013
By Doubting Thomas (Queens, NY)
There's a famous story of Milton Erickson's treatment of a client with enuresis. The kid had an interest in archery and Dr. Erickson talked to him about the muscular coordination involved in drawing a bow. He never mentioned "bed wetting" but the metaphor of archery was enough to conquer the problem. Now that's my idea of the use of metaphors.

The "metaphors" in this book are a lot less subtle. In fact, they're utterly transparent. For example, to deal with bed wetting, the book offers a story about an animal who is experiencing bed wetting and uses hypnotic techniques to conquer it. Fear of the dark? A story about a gorilla who's afraid of the dark and uses hypnotic techniques to conquer it. In fact for every problem presented, the "metaphorical" tale simply replaces the child with an animal and describes a hypnotic method to solve it.

On a positive note, it's nicely illustrated.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  A Hypnotic Frolic for children, February 10, 2010
By Hypnotherapist/NLP .. (Springfield, VA)
Meet Harry the Hypno-potamus who lives at the Ashland Zoo. Harry likes hypnosis! The zoo veterinarian, Dr. Dan, taught Harry self-hypnosis, when Harry was worried about getting an immunization. Dr. Dan told Harry how to use his imagination to keep his thoughts in his "favorite place" so that he hardly noticed the needle pinch. Harry even used hypnosis to reduce the pain from a toothache and to calm his anxiety about moving to a new home.

Harry has many friends and neighbors at the zoo, and Dr. Dan takes care of all of them. Dr. Dan teaches the animals to use their imaginations to solve emotional problems, overcome bad habits, and feel better when they are sick. Dabney the Gorilla, for example, was afraid of sleeping in the dark. So, with Dr. Dan's help, Dabney visualized walking through a mountain forest, feeling calm and happy. Then he learned deep breathing to relax, and imagined himself sleeping comfortably in his enclosure with his gorilla friends. Now Dabney is no longer afraid of the dark.

All the zoo animals enjoy hypnosis! Furthermore, you will enjoy this innovative and entertaining book by Dr. Linda Thomson. Harry the Hypno-potamus is both serious and whimsical, written for children and for child-health professionals who appreciate hypnotic and metaphoric approaches to working with children. The book addresses childhood emotional, behavioral, and health-related problems such as fear, anger, habit disorders, pain, diabetes, asthma, enuresis, and leukemia.

The book opens with a clinical section for pediatric professionals and mental health practitioners on the utility of therapeutic metaphors for children. There is also a handout to copy and give to parents, providing information about the value of hypnosis as part of a treatment plan for a sick or troubled child.

The remainder of the book is the fun part---metaphors about the zoo animals who solve their problems with hypnosis---under the guidance of Dr. Dan. The stories introduce children the power of the imagination to transcend limitations and think in new ways. The stories are engaging and entertaining. The illustrations by Kids Book Design are charming and colorful. Each tale contains embedded therapeutic communication about relaxation and happy thoughts. The stories engage a child's talent for fantasy and pretending. Harry the Hypno-potamus is obviously a labor of love. It is a must-have for any therapist or health care professional who seeks innovative ways to work with small children. It is a delightful frolic in the hypnotic effects of imagination.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Pediatric Care Providers please note!, January 13, 2008
By Sally B. PNP (Ashby, MA USA)
Pediatricians, Pedi Nurse Practitioners,Teachers, Parents:

"Harry The Hypno-potamus" is the answer when your question is:"What do I offer next to this anxious child?"
Here, either alone for the good readers,or in concert with the involved adult, the child can learn to express fears and concerns and follow with coping techniques. It is an adjunct to good medical care, good teaching, and more effective parenting.
Try it-you'll love it!

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  An anxiety must have....., January 29, 2007
By cindy cat (Brooklyn, New York USA)
this is an amazing book! it has helped my son to recognize his anxieties and deal with them, all while reading a great story book about animals at a zoo. he still has a way to go but the stories have helped him a great deal. it was recommended by a psycologist and I'm very happy to have found it at Amazon.

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