Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms

The Tapping Solution Foundation is currently working to promote EFT Tapping in schools. Our current focus is to help reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom in support of students and teachers and to enhance teaching and learning.

“A lot of kids come to school with so much burden. Kids are left with this and they don’t know how to regulate. They might not even have conversation when they go home, so this is an acknowledgement of their feelings. Their feelings aren’t bad, it’s how to deal with them. These things let them know that it’s okay feeling what they feel.” ~ Robin Pizutto, Grade 1 Teacher, Smalley Academy, New Britain, CT

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Articles on EFT Tapping for Anxiety and Stress Relief in Classrooms

Anxiety at School – What Kids and Teens With Anxiety Need Teachers to Know

This article discusses the multitude of anxieties that students face in schools and acknowledges the importance of teachers understanding the concerns of all students. EFT/Tapping allows students the opportunity to work through these stressors with their teacher, social worker, or parent.

"None of us can ‘go it alone’ and we all need the right support from the right people at the right time to discover the remarkable, fiercely capable, and sometimes wonderfully surprising parts of ourselves. That support will look different for everyone. Teachers play an enormously important role, and can make a long-lasting and profoundly positive difference in the life of any child."

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

In this article, the physical and cognitive impacts of stress are discussed. With a focus on social interactions and mindfulness, educators can continue to build resilient learners that can self-manage any stressors in their lives.

"The practice of mindfulness has received increasing attention in educational practice recently, and for good reasons.  Social connections lead to resilience through social support and socio-emotional learning, but also biologically, as they counteract the stress hormone cortisol."

Teachers Accessing Peak Performance With the Help of EFT

School Psychologist, Cindy Baker, discusses her work introducing Tapping into her school, including ideas others can use to bring EFT/Tapping to their own schools.

"As I witness an increasing number of stress-related complaints from teachers and students, it is apparent to me that school communities are experiencing an epidemic of stress bred from a culture of fear emanating throughout the general population."


I don’t know if there’s anyone who doesn’t have some trauma from their childhood. Some little event that really sculpted them and sculpted their beliefs in a direction they might not have wanted. We want these kids to grow up in a different world. To be able to grow up where they can deal with their emotions and traumas and move forward.

— Alex Ortner, Father and Author of Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs

The Tapping Solution Foundation Pilot Program at Pacific Groove Middle School

Tapping For Stress Relief: A Morning & Evening Tapping Process by Jessica Ortner

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Teachers by Jessica Ortner

“Tapping is taking over and it’s a good thing (My Journey with the Emotional Freedom Technique)” – Bob Schmidt, LPC

Additional information on the benefits of Tapping can be found on our Science and Research page.


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