What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)? Learn How to Tap Your Neurodiverse Child to Sleep!

The Emotional Freedom Technique is an energy psychology technique that can be used to release emotional blocks from the body. This technique was created by Gary Craig in the early 1980s. EFT is based on the idea that emotional disturbances are related to specific events in a person's life and that those disturbances can be relieved by tapping on certain points in the body.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) have been clinically proven and are used by millions worldwide. It reduces depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, phobias, pain, cravings, negativity (anger, sadness), and past stressful memories. This significantly improves mental health as well as strengthens the immune system.


EFT can help children with neurodivergent conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome) who have trouble managing their emotions and regulating their sleep patterns.


Neurodiverse child’s Sleeping Problems



Parents of neurodivergent children know the difficulties their children face. They are often faced with a child who is not able to sleep at night due to the many distractions in their environment. – the lights, sounds, and movement.


A neurodiverse child may have trouble falling asleep because the brain does not produce enough melatonin or has a different sleep cycle than most people.


This can lead to insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep long enough. It can also lead to daytime drowsiness and difficulty concentrating on tasks like schoolwork.


There are many ways that parents can help their children get more rest. These include dressing your child in comfortable pajamas, calming them down with music, and even giving them melatonin supplements (not a long-term solution though, I actually talked about this in one of my FB lives inside our community “Neurodivergent Children's Sleep Solutions (ADHD/Autism/SPD/Anxiety



How to Tap Your Neurodiverse Child to Sleep


In our previous blogs, we’ve discussed how parents should address the neurodiverse child’s sleeping problems and how some sleep mistakes parents make hurt their children. We’ve also covered how light therapy helps your neurodiverse child have better sleep. Now, let’s dive into a more recent technique and more controversial too for that matter. Have you heard of EFT also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique?



The emotional freedom technique is one of the many tools that can be used to help children with sleeping problems. The technique helps by releasing negative thoughts and emotions and replacing them with positive ones.


The emotional freedom technique is a powerful tool, but it should not be used as a replacement for other treatments or therapies.


The emotional freedom technique is a self-help modality designed to help people with their emotional problems. It has been used for decades and it is often used for children that have sleeping problems.


This technique is not a quick fix because it takes time and practice to master, but when it is done correctly, the child will be able to fall asleep on their own without any help from drugs or other treatments.


EFT involves tapping on specific pressure points on the body while focusing on positive affirmations. Tapping on the right pressure points can help to release emotions and stress that may be keeping your child awake at night. You can use EFT on your child before bedtime or whenever they seem to be having difficulty sleeping.


Here are some basic steps on how you can tap on your child to better sleep as demonstrated by Dawson Church in his video “What is Tapping? Learn How to Do EFT with Dawson Church”


  1. Ask your child if they would like to try something called EFT Tapping to hep with with sleep.

  2. Ask your child how they are feeling about bedtime.

  3. If possible, have your child take a big breath in and then exhale before you begin.

  4. As you tap through each point 7 times, say a statement of the problem, and then follow up with an affirmation. Here is an example below:

  5. As you tap your ‘karate point’ (the heel of your hand), say these words “Even though I don't feel sleepy, I am loved and am a good kid.

  6. Do this three (3x) times.

  7. Now take the first two fingers of your hand and tap lightly where your eyebrow beats your nose. Say these words again “Even though I don't want to go to sleep, I love myself and will be ok.

  8. Tap lightly the side of your eyes and say the same words.

  9. Tap lightly your collarbone area and say the same words.

  10. Tap the side of your arms and say and focus on those same words.

  11. You've now completed your first round of EFT and the chances are that you saw your number decrease.

  12. Don’t forget to keep breathing as you try this a second time. You’ll observe that the intensity of the emotions that you have written down decreases as you do this technique.

We do EFT over and over and over again, looking at all the different aspects of the problem or the different parts of the annoyance, bringing down your level of triggering or your level of stress that has to do with that issue.


Do this exercise with your children and let me know in the comments below how you or your child felt.


We hope these tips have been helpful! Remember that your child's sleep issues may not go away overnight, but with the right techniques they can! You don't need to do everything at once, but starting small by changing how you prepare for bedtime each night is a great place to start.


If you have any more questions or concerns about your child's sleep issues, please don't hesitate to contact us here at The Slumber Academy. We will give you a free 15-minute sleep consultation to ease your worries and know your child's needs.