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I Can Relax! A Relaxation CD for Children [CD]

Donna B. Pincus Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Child Anxiety Network
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • ASIN: B000NE8B3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It's easy to tell your children "Just relax and stop worrying so much!", but this is rarely effective in reducing their feelings of stress and anxiety. Relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation and visual imagery have been shown to be extremely effective treatment components for child anxiety, and also can be great general stress reducers for children. Now available on The Child Anxiety Network is the "I Can Relax! A Relaxation CD for Children”, which teaches children skills to help them relax, cope with stress, and reduce physical symptoms of anxiety. The CD features the voice of Dr. Donna Pincus, a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in the treatment of child anxiety disorders, along with sound effects and music, and leads children through a full session of progressive muscle relaxation. Children are taught how to relax as they imagine themselves in different fun and relaxing situations. This CD teaches children skills that may be useful before bedtime, before tests at school, during stressful medical procedures, and also can be useful for helping children manage anger. The CD could be helpful for any child, and may be particularly helpful for those who need to learn how to reduce stress or relax. The CD is increasingly being used in schools, clinics, and hospitals both nationally and internationally. Appropriate for children ages 4 to 12.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By N.C.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD for my son who gets very anxious about a number of things. He really enjoys the CD and feels it helps him relax, but he feels it is better suited for the daytime as it asks the listener to do lots of movements (to relax different body parts). These movements don't allow him to relax for sleep right away, so we use a different CD for bedtime. We do recommend this CD, however, as a good means of teaching anxious children, or anyone, how to relax their bodies and minds.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter listens to this every single night June 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is worth the cost. It's reassuring, relaxing and almost hypnotic. The narrator's voice is so warm and friendly and assuring. I play it for my 8-year-old daughter every night at bedtime. Sometimes I stay in her room and listen to it, too, and it never fails to put me into such a deep state of relaxation that I usually fall asleep before it's over! We tried a Lori Lite CD, thinking it would be similar, but ended up returning it because it was a very different tone and style than "I Can Relax!" Lori Lite seemed more New Age-y and the narration was almost haunting. "I Can Relax!" is more cheerful and pleasant, in my opinion.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd February 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The CD took several weeks to get to me but they threw in another useful item for me because I was upset about how long it was taking to ship (they were backordered). I am a Behavioral Interventionist and use this with my anxious client and we both love it! It's fun and really teaches kids how to relax and recognize that they are tense.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift to busy families! September 28, 2012
By raisa
Format:Audio CD
This is a CD to really help families practice relaxation. These are clinically sound relaxation exercises presented in a useful and kid-friendly manner. This can be enjoyed over and over again by families (in the car or at home) or by kids alone, on an iPod or in bed at night (we still have an old-fashioned "boom box" for our youngest to control the CDs. This is much more practical than mom telling kids to "relax" or even trying to walk them through it -- my kids get wound up just being around me, always ask for one more thing or get distracted -- probably picking up on my stress themselves! This CD is the answer. Dr. Pincus has given us a real gift -- childhood anxiety is a real thing (even though children's problems can seem small to adults) and kids need skills to cope and "space" in their lives that respects this.

1 Instructions
2 Taking Deep Breaths
3 A Relaxing Place
4 The Worry Train
5 Making Lemonade
6 The Turtle and the Stream
7 Relax Your Face
8 Hungry At the Beach
9 Taking a Nap
10 The Strong, Tall Tree
11 I Can Relax!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for relaxation at bedtime! September 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD for my son, who is 10 years old who has anxiety. We went through a whole summer of horrible bedtimes. He was up several times, asking me to sleep with me, and he just couldn't calm his mind. From the time he went into his bed until when he actually fell asleep, it was an hour and a half. It was like having a toddler at bedtime again! The first night I played this CD, he was asleep within 20 minutes (right after the CD stopped playing)! I think my son just has a brain that has a hard time turning off at night time and this really helped him to soothe and calm himself and he is much happier during the daytime too! Last night I asked him if he wanted his "relaxation CD" or his music (IPod). He said music, so I thought, "Why not....maybe he will be able to soothe himself now." After about 15 minutes, he asked me for the relaxation CD and he was asleep immediately following the CD. Hallelujah!!!! Just in time for the beginning of school, too!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxation CD for children November 30, 2009
By R. Ng
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a bit skeptical when someone suggested this CD to help with anxiety, but I know am a true believer that relaxation techniques such as listening to this CD three times a week can lower childrens' anxiety prior to test taking. They somehow are able to deal with the test better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Relaxation for Children March 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a really nice CD; I use it at bedtime for my children & when I asked them what they thought of it, they each said, "I don't know-- I fell asleep too fast!" The voice is very pleasant and natural; not someone artificially trying to sound relaxing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter with OCD/Anxiety February 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We purchased this CD for our 8 year old daughter who suffers from anxiety and OCD thoughts. Her counselor recommended she do deep breathing for 10 minutes three times a day. This CD allows her to do it in a fun, safe, relaxing way. A calm, friendly female narrates different scenes. Your child can do all the CD or just one or two scenario at a time. It includes different techniques that help your child relax from breathing to progressive relaxation. I would definitely recommend this relation CD and enjoy doing it with her!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great resource to aid children toward that end
I work with children in counseling and one of the most common issues is anxiety and letting minds and hearts settle. This is a great resource to aid children toward that end.
Published 9 days ago by Pam in Michigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was very disappointed, I feel like I put money in the garbage. My 8 yr old hated it. It seems too babyish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tanya Haaf
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't relax!
While the relaxation techniques are good, the narrator rushes through them with an excited voice. I honestly don't see how anyone could relax to it, much less a child. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Active Fall-a-sleeper
My just 3 year old is a sleep fighter. He will lay tossing and turning in his bed for hours fighting sleep and inventing every excuse as a ploy to extend bedtime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristen Carbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprising results!
When I ordered this for my 8 year old with ADHD and anxiety I was skeptical. I was looking for something to help him go to sleep easier and peacefully. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good concepts, not relaxing though
We've used this a few times, but it's not my child's favorite. He likes the Lori Lite CDs better.
I really like the concepts, the visualizations are great for little ones. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bd
5.0 out of 5 stars 7-yr old son likes it
I have tried several different relaxing cd's, but my son loves the woman's voice and says this one really relaxes him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tammy Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Listen Before You Buy
I was very excited to get this because of all the 5 star reviews. Both of my kids enjoy guided meditation and I was looking for something I could use on multiple platforms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michelle Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars great for kids!
Great ideas and fun for kids to listen to. The stories are short and this makes it much easier for the kids to take the ideas and use them without getting bored.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and age-appropriate
I was skeptical about this whole relaxation CD idea, but thought I'd give it a go for my high-stress 10-year-old. She loves it! She and her 8-year-old sister both listen to it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Hoffmann
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