-Therapy with puppets allows children to make sense of tough situations in a fun way. This article discusses treating trauma and children with puppetry.
-“The toys become their words”, says a child therapist who works with victims of abuse. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This seems like a really great organization doing some important work with play therapy.
-And here’s another article about the success of an organization in Canada that provides help for victims of sexual abuse. It’s great to know that there are groups like this out there, and that they are adopting the use of play therapy more and more.
-The true power of books is in their relatability. When you read about a character who has similar experiences and feelings, it can be a great comfort. This is what makes bibliotherapy effective, and it’s nice to see that this power is being harnessed to help children in need.
-Depression is not exclusive to adults, and when a child is exhibiting signs of depression he or she is not always simply “going through a stage.” This article on childhood depression stresses the importance of recognizing its prevalence in children of all ages and intervening as early as possible.
-This is a great profile of a therapist who’s own journey and struggle led her to sand tray therapy. Now she is helping others with their troubles the same way she helped herself.
-Talking to children in grief is a very difficult, and the approaches to take depend on the situation, age of the child, and many other important factors. This article provides some guidelines for helping children manage their grief.
-A decade ago, Margo Ward launched a play therapy program called KidsXpress, which created a space for children dealing with traumas express themselves and heal through play. Now the program is extending its services to corporate teams hoping to utilize the intervention to improve their communication and teamwork.
-This news piece looks at an organization using sand tray therapy to help victims of sexual abuse.
-This is a thought-provoking interview about child abuse and the ineffectiveness of spanking.
-This video serves as a nice introduction to using sand tray therapy as bereavement intervention:
And here’s another in which a trained therapist explains how sand tray therapy works:
-Here’s an interesting article on using the DIR model of play therapy with children who have autism spectrum disorders.
-Lastly, we have another article on how sand tray therapy is helping children who have been victims of abuse.
Have a marvelous May!