Parents and Children Share their Stories
- Incredibly Helpful Resource
I came across the Turnaround program online recently while searching for resources related to school refusal resulting from fear of throwing up. My daughter, now 11, has struggled with school refusal stemming from anxiety since she was 8. We had tried many things – two therapists, different books, and various calming remedies (homeopathic/herbal). Things would get better, but then they would get worse again. Her last two years in elementary school were made easier by understanding and accommodating teachers, so her symptoms eased somewhat. However, starting middle school brought back the anxiety big time. It actually took a long time to trace the anxiety to emetophobia – fear of throwing up – and was completely missed by both therapists we consulted with (neither were cognitive behavioral therapists). My daughter’s anxiety was so disconnected from her usual personality – outgoing and kind of fearless – that it made it even more confusing and difficult to figure out.
When I came across Turnaround, I was getting desperate to find something that would help her. She had been having daily, exhausting struggles before school and, once at school, had been leaving class to go to the nurse often and her teachers were concerned. I purchased the digital Turnaround program and the emetophobia supplement. After some resistance to beginning the program (and complaining after the first episode that it was “cheesy”) she quickly came around and would ask to complete the later sessions and diligently worked in the journal. She has now completed the Turnaround program once through and we are beginning to work with her on the supplement. Even at this early stage, I can say that Turnaround has truly been life changing for her. After only a few of the episodes, she completely calmed down and has been almost like a different person, or, more accurately, like her real self but mostly free from the anxiety that has surrounded her these last few years.
We realized as a family that we have been accommodating her fears because the outbursts and avoidance were so difficult to deal with and that we had to help her to face her fears. My husband and I were actually in awe of her transformation back to her spunky self. Her teachers have noticed the change too. One cool moment towards the end of the program was when we asked her casually if she had been to the nurse recently and she replied, “No – and you don’t have to ask me that anymore.” She does the chill tracks every night still and we plan to have her complete the program again and will continue with the supplement, but the change is already marked. She still has moments of struggle – leaving the house each morning and going to school is still a tricky moment for her, but now she stops and thinks and often talks through what is going on with her “whacky thoughts” and how she is talking back to them (“I’m acting like the prophet” she says, for example).
I almost can’t believe that the solution was as simple as this, but the proof is in her turnaround. I highly recommend this program for any child with anxiety. It is thoughtfully designed and really appeals to children – even my child who was on the older end of the age range and was initially dismissive came around to enjoying the story and getting a huge amount from it. Thank you so much for creating this resource. It really is different from everything else that I’ve come across and is relatively easy to implement even in a busy family life. My husband and I also appreciated the parent resources, which laid out the program and how it works and were very reassuring. Thank you again. This has really made a tremendous difference in my daughter’s life.02/09/2017Turnaround Anxiety
I am incredibly impressed with the level of child friendly content. My 11 year old daughter has been easily able to identify with some of the characters in the cast. This connection and the amazing content is helping her make sense of her anxiety, her obsessive thoughts and the need to do certain things to feel safe.
We are taking it slow by listening and working on 1 day per week and this is a great pace for us, for her to reflect and integrate the programs learning and discoveries and practice her new skills. I love the wacky thoughts, yucky feelings, zany responses. I’ve not heard of anxiety being described in such a useful way before. I absolutely, without a doubt would recommend this program (and have) . So much work has gone into this program and as a parent I am extremely grateful to have come across turnaround and see the positive changes and understanding towards anxiety that my daughter is gaining. Thank you !!!!!!11/22/2016Turnaround Anxiety
- Such a valuable set of skills
Our 10 year old daughter loved the characters in the Turnaround program and could easily identify with them. One month after completing the program, she still retains the notions and tricks she was taught and applies them daily. We will listen to the program again in the months to come. To have these skills at such a young age is a valuable asset as she grows-up.11/22/2016Turnaround Anxiety
- Such a great Resource
Our 9 year old daughter Leiah is outgoing, adventurous and at the center of all the action. Around 7 months ago all that changed. She began to suffer from separation anxiety, dropped out of all organized activities, feared that she would get sick. She refused to go to school – every day was a battle. The day would start fine and then she would be hit with an avalanche of anxiety that would paralyze her. In tears and high emotions she would cling to us as though the world was coming to an end. She would say, “What is wrong with me? Why is this happening to me? I just want my life back?”
We researched resources to aid us in our journey and came upon Turnaround. I was skeptical but decided to try (especially since there was a money back guarantee). The resources were great for us as parents and the material empowered our daughter to find her own healing through positive self-talk and gaining an understanding of what was going on in her life. She loved the stories. Falling asleep at night became easier as she listened to the relaxation techniques or listened to the “ocean”
The concept of Chill and Crank were paramount in her overcoming her fears. Her school teacher and administration began to use those characters to help her in the journey at school.
Now, 7 months later, she is herself again. She has re-engaged in activities and school is a joy. She laughs and plays as if she had never suffered from anxiety. Every once in a while when an anxiety is triggered, she can successfully overcome it as she now has a set of tools and positive self-talk that she uses to walk her through.06/20/2016Turnaround Anxiety
- Turnaround is a lifesaver
Turnaround has been amazing for my 6 year old daughter Aria. She had shown some signs of anxiety for a while but all the sudden around 4 months ago it got really bad. The majority of her anxiety was at bedtime but as it got worse it started to get earlier and earlier in the evening. She seemed to show symptoms of emetophobia which is the fear of throwing up, but Aria would make herself so anxious she would actually throw up. She was throwing up multiple nights every week and I didn’t know what to do! Luckily researching things online I found this program and pretty much ordered it on the spot. Aria went through the program 3 to 4 times and it really helped her in understanding what was happening in a fun and engaging way. The relaxation was a lifesaver for her as well at bedtime. It really helped her get out of the habit of throwing up every night. With continuing the program and relaxation and then doing an extra program that Dr. David and Dr. Chris made specifically targeting emetophobia she is doing so well. She hasn’t thrown up for 2 1/2 months now and her anxiety is down so much that many nights she doesn’t even request to listen to the relaxation CD. I also think going through this has given her tools to deal with any anxiety issues she has in her future, whether it be test taking, talking in front of people, or whatever it may be! I’m so incredibly thankful for these doctors and the programs they have developed!02/22/2016Turnaround Anxiety
- I have seen remarkable changes in her levels of anxiety
I’ve been meaning to send a big huge THANK YOU for months now! I completed the program with my 9 year old just before she completed grade 3. Over this summer, I have seen remarkable changes in her levels of anxiety. She now participates in sleepovers and play dates without hesitation, I can go to work with no issues, and the beginning of grade 4 has been without anxiety! Last school year I had a child who would throw her arms around my legs so I couldn’t go to work, and I literally spent the first two weeks of grade 3 at school with her! When we did the program, the first day, she sat with her arms crossed and was angry that I was making her do it. When the children in the program started to describe their anxieties, it was almost like you could see the light bulb go off for my daughter. She looked at me and said “Mama, that’s me” when she related with her anxiety. She completed the rest of the program and the journal with me without hesitation. We have since moved (which induced one small brief moment of anxiety, which quickly passed!) and our dog has now been having anxiety issues . . . my daughter said in the car one day that the dog should listen to the cds, since it helped her so much! I have recommended your program to anyone who asks what I’ve done with her to see such changes.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!12/04/2015Turnaround Anxiety
- After listening to Turnaround 2 times I feel a lot better!
For the 2 people who made my world a better place. Dear Dr. Chris & Dr. David, I love listening to Turnaround soooo much. I would like to tell you how I feel. Before I started Turnaround I felt horrible. But now after listening to Turnaround 2 times I feel a lot better! 🙂12/04/2015Turnaround Anxiety
- She is a different child than she was a month ago!
We recently started Turnaround with my 5-year-old daughter. She is a bit young for the program, so we have had to adapt it a little bit, but she is a different child than she was a month ago! She is talking to people now – random strangers, when a month ago she wouldn’t even speak to most people she knew. She is so proud of herself for talking to people and eating new foods. We hope to try riding a bike again when the weather gets warmer. Her daddy, grandparents and I are finding so much joy in watching her blossom!12/04/2015Turnaround Anxiety
- Thank you for this amazing resource!
This will be the third group I have taken through your program. It is fabulous, and I have great testimonials from children and parents about how much it has helped them. I do it as an after school group and include training in breathing/relaxation, making of crafts that symbolize/reinforce the concepts, and integrate Biblical concepts and Scripture memory as I work in a Christian school. In addition, I have used the parent CD’s and chill kits with may individual clients. Thank you for this amazing resource!12/04/2015Turnaround Anxiety
- This program has changed our lives
We finished day 8 last week with my 11 year old son. We have had amazingly great days since. He has been more compliant, not irritated about anything (usually irritated about everything). He did school work without complaining (he would usually fight me about everything and it would take forever to do school). I’ve turned the chill kit on and walked out of the room during meltdowns and he calmed down on his own ( AMAZING!!). This program has changed our life. The journal is definitely key. We started listening to the program last spring but didn’t work on the journal and we didn’t see progress.12/04/2015Turnaround Anxiety