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Professional Advisory Board

MyFear Zapper™ was developed with and is supported by the help of professionals in the psychology and education arenas.  They are:

Dr. Laura Stith:  Psychologist and Chief Clinical Officer of Child Focus, Inc.

Dr. Robin Arthur:  Chief of Psychology of the Lindner Center of HOPE in Cincinnati; Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; and Adjunct Faculty for Xavier University’s Department of Psychology.

Brenda Ely:  Education Management Professional; licensed elementary educator.

Taylor Kazy:  Intervention Specialist/Instructional Assistant at St. Vincent Ferrer school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“My daughter loved MyFear Zapper! She was excited through the whole process. Her fears of the dark and of monsters under the bed have gotten better and are not much of a problem any more.”
Debi D.

“I think it would be great for younger children who are afraid of the dark or monsters.”
Charlene P.

“Peter did the program and loved the idea that he was the BOSS. He also liked naming the fear. He says he no longer is afraid of the dark and in the middle of the night when he gets up, he does not run to the bathroom, but walks.”
Barbara D.

“I saw a lot of progress. I would tell my friends and family about it.”
Sharon C.S.

Children’s Advisory Board

MyFear Zapper™ was invented by a nine-year-old girl who wanted to help herself and her friends with a fear they were experiencing. Since then, other young people have joined the effort to bring you this fun, effective program. And here they are!

Natalie B., Inventor & Writer, Age 17

Natalie, inventor of MyFear Zapper™, is the brains behind the program. It was her insight and creative solution to a problem we all face at one point or another – being afraid – that led to this proven solution. She’s also helped write a good portion of the program, so you’ll be hearing and reading her words as you go through the process.

Natalie says, “I’m 17 and a senior this upcoming year. I play the trumpet, piano, sing and write – in fact, I have my own blog and I love experimenting with different types of writing styles.  I was formerly  Junior Assistant Editor and then Non-Fiction Editor for a wonderful online magazine for kids called Amazing Kids! You can find it at www.amazing-kids.org. I hope MyFear Zapper will help cure any fears you have!”

Caleb S., Writer, Age 14

Caleb wrote many of the pieces you’ll read or hear throughout this website. A very talented writer and all-around amazing kid, he is also the inspiration behind the names of our Mascot Cats, “Courageous Cate” and “Bold Bill.”

Caleb says, “I write for the newspaper at my school and that is how the creators of MyFear Zapper™ found me. I enjoy writing and one of the possible jobs for me in the future is an author. I also enjoy acting and I am a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do (I’ve done TKD for 7 years). I’ve really enjoyed working on this project, and am honored to be part of this amazing experience!”

Megan H., Illustrator, Age 17

When we needed to put a face on the adorable mascot and “expert” who takes children through the MyFear Zapper™ process, Natalie immediately turned to her artistic friend, Megan, who was able to visualize and draw on paper precisely how Courageous Cate/Bold Bill look.

Megan says, “I am 17 years old and have always enjoyed drawing for my friends. I love fantasy, especially fantasy books, and drawing. I want to be an author someday. It was really fun drawing the cats for this project, getting them just right so they would fit perfectly with MyFear Zapper!”

Derek L., Prototyper, Age 22

Derek was only 16 when he developed the MyFear Zapper™ prototype. A highly talented techie, Derek was able to write the program in just a few hours – and in doing so, helped us confirm we really did have a powerful approach to overcoming fear.

About Fear

Kid with no fearsFear is a Normal Part of Life

Monsters. The dark. Bugs. Storms. Water. Speaking in front of the class.Children experience fear as they learn about the world around them. Most children, starting as early as age 3, will become afraid of some natural phenomenon or the “boogie man” in one of its many forms.But while experiencing fear is normal, it’s not any fun for the child – or the child’s family. Because the fear is very, very real, it can wreak havoc with the child’s emotions, causing childhood anxiety, disrupting confidence, routines, sleep, and family harmony.

Most “solutions” don’t work

If you’ve tried to help a child through a fear, you know how difficult it can be. You reason with her. You look under the bed with her. You lie down with her. Nothing works.

So you try books. They don’t do a thing. Her stuffed animal helps a little bit, but the fear is still there. The nightlight doesn’t do much. You hear about a game. It’s fun, but still the fear hangs on, the anxiety grows, and the confidence wanes.

Now, there is a solution – a REAL solution

Sure, you can wait for your child to “outgrow” his fear – but is that truly helping him?  It’s certainly not teaching him life skills he can carry with him to help him face any scary situation in the future.

MyFear Zapper™ has been proven to help children actually overcome fear, building self-confidence and self-esteem in the process (see research results, case studies and testimonials).  It doesn’t just cover up the fear, like a stuffed animal does, or help your child forget about it for a little while, like a game.  In fact, these things can actually put a wall between the child and the fear – he now needs a stuffed animal or night light in order not to be afraid.

On the other hand, MyFear Zapper™ teaches children their power is inside – in their mind.  It uses verified psychological approaches based on cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques (learn more about cognitive-behavioral therapy) which have been translated into an interactive electronic “game” format.

These techniques help your child understand her mind is more powerful than her fear, which helps her face and handle that fear.  She’ll learn the techniques and be able to apply them whenever she’s feeling fear, nervousness or anxiety, gaining control of her emotions and allowing her to face any fearful situation, any time.  Her self-confidence will soar, and there will be no stopping her!