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Utilizing the Books of Mem Fox in Play Therapy and as Parenting Resources

I’ve said this time again, one of the reasons we love participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids is because it exposes myself and my kids to children’s authors that we might not otherwise explore.  This month’s featured author, Mem

The Rainbow Fish series, by Marcus Pfister: Great Resource for learning social skills

Teaching social and emotional regulation skills through picture books is a wonderful way open a discussion and illustrate important topics with kids.  It is much less threatening for a child to address concerns from the viewpoint of a fictional character, especially

Save the Pie! review … for Pi Day!

The company SimplyFun sent us a game to review … and it’s just perfect to share it today … Pi Day!  Yup, March 14 … 3.14 … Pi Day, is the perfect day for a SAVE THE PIE! review! Save the Pie

Questions Child-Centered Play Therapists Should Ask Themselves …

  Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is all about trust in the child to discover, learn, and grow on their own.  It is essential to this mode of treatment to focus on the CHILD … not the problem.  But in today’s

What Children Learn in Play Therapy

Maybe you’re a parent thinking about giving play therapy a try with your child … or maybe you’re a therapist questioning how “just playing” with a child could possible help.  Here are some great reminders about what children learn in play

The Relationship: the key to play therapy

The key to play therapy is not the toys or therapeutic techniques.  It is the relationship.  Play therapy works because of the RELATIONSHIP that the therapist forms with the child.  A relationship like no other; a therapist is not the parent,

Play Therapy Awareness Week!

This week is Play Therapy Awareness Week (February 3rd-7th).  I’d love for you to spread the word about Play Therapy.  Here are some ways you can do so … Check out the Association for Play Therapy’s website and learn more about

A View of Children

What’s your view of children?  Precious?  Obnoxious? A mystery? Incomplete? Frustrating? Incapable? Our personal views about children are bound to vary throughout our own life … and, at times, even throughout the day (or hour!).  But it is important from time

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children

As I was reviewing the required text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd Ed)“, by Garry Landreth, for the Psychotherapy with Children course I am teaching this trimester, I was reminded of the basic differences between the play of adjusted

What is PLAY? The Importance and Power of Play

If you enjoyed these photos, PLEASE check out my video with more photos and quotes on the Importance and Power of Play! And here are some wonderful resources on the Importance and Power of Play … podcast on Raising Playful Tots on

Principles of Play: from Chazan

This image summarizes 2 pages of Chazan’s book on play therapy where she outlines the principles of play.  I wanted to share it with you because it encompasses many reasons why play is SO important for children. In case you’d like

What makes PLAY therapeutic?

Play therapy?  Many people ask how can “just” playing help?  What makes PLAY therapeutic? Well, over the next few days I will post on different dimensions of what exactly play is, why it’s important, and how it is used therapeutically by