-As you probably know, February kicked off with National Play Therapy Week from the 1st through the 8th of the month. The web was aflutter with blog posts, articles, news reports, and videos raising play therapy awareness . And don’t forget that every week is a good week to promote the powers of play therapy!
-A program in Ohio uses puppets to empower elementary students with disabilities. The program has been around since 1977 and teaches the concept that we are all unique and special in our own way.
–An Irish newspaper reports that children’s social and language skills are being negatively impacted by the use of iPads and other gadgets, so much so that one school has brought in a speech therapist to assess the situation. According to one expert, the first question he asks the parent of a child experiencing language difficulties is how much time they spend interacting with a screen.
-Attention Canadian play therapists! There will be a conference presented by the always-informative Paris Goodyear-Brown on April 17-18. It’s called ‘Putting the Pieces Together Through Play: Healing Trauma and Attachment Wounds’ and I have a feeling it’s going to be one you don’t want to miss! Check out more upcoming events at in our Resources section.
-Here’s a nice short video in which a practitioner explains the healing power of imaginative play.
-Autism is often accompanied by a Sensory Processing Disorder. In this article, a therapist explains how play therapy and “people games” can be used to treat both under-sensitivity and hyper-sensitivity.
-This is a very informative podcast in which a therapist discusses bullying and play therapy. Definitely worth a listen!
-Judy Rubin, also known as the “Art Lady” on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood for three seasons, recently wrote and directed a documentary about what she learned from working with the man. In this article, she shares the history and experiences that led to her making the film.
-In this article an Arts Psychotherapists tells the story of how she came to embrace the profession, and the tools she uses–including sand tray therapy–to help youths affected by familial drug and alcohol abuse.
-Here’s a great article on how to bring an end to sibling rivalry in your home.
-Studies on using parental play therapy in homeless shelters have yielded some encouraging results.
-A hospital in India has come up with a great way to help children relax before and during the process of a CT Scan. The children are told to make-believe the machine is a spaceship and they are astronauts going on a voyage. It seems like a much better option than sedation, and it’s a great example of how to use play therapy with children with medical conditions.
Have a magnificent March!