-Getting noticed online these days is all about content, and therapy practices are no exception. Publishing articles or posting to a blog is a great way to make your practice stand out. Here are a few quick tips (from a therapist blog, of course) on doing just that.
-There was a fascinating article in the New Yorker this month about “Affective Computing”; the use of computers to read and interpret facial expressions and discern human emotions. Apparently the technology has been particularly successful in helping children with autism. By translating the facial expressions that the children couldn’t otherwise decode, their social and emotional competence can be greatly improved.
-Two children in Georgia coping with the unimaginable trauma of their mother’s murder at the hands of their father are being helped along with play therapy intervention.
-We have countless articles on the subject in the articles section, but here’s another great explanation of what play therapy is and how it can be used.
-A child born with a condition that left him with serious movement problems has learned to walk with the aid of a NASA-designed “space suit,” which corrects movements and reflexes. But it’s not space-age technology alone that’s helped Georgie take his first steps: “It’s all through play therapy so he doesn’t realise he’s doing any work.”
-Embrace Hope – Sandy Hook Assisted Equine Therapy is an organization started in response to the school shooting in 2012. This article explains the history and function of this great organization.
-Looking for learning opportunities and continuing education credits from your home or office? Kids, Inc. has several webinars scheduled for March.
-This podcast episode about using natural play therapy for autism is well worth the twenty minutes!
-In defense of the mean kids! The mother of a “mean kid” tells her story of discovering the source of the “meanness” and addressing it through play therapy and other intervention methods.
-Statistics showing the number of children one-to-five years-old who have been exposed to violence are quite staggering. This article suggests that these children are not receiving the proper treatment they need due to a lack of mental health services available in preschools. It raises a good point: addressing these issues early could prevent worsening issues down the road, and it could save a lot of money and resources.
–This article agrees with the previous, and also details the steps that can be taken to treat childhood mental illness early on.
-This is a great story about a researcher who found additional support about the efficacy of play therapy.
-Another organization harnessing the power of LEGO to help children with social and emotional issues!
-I think this blogger says it well!
-We have updated our Puppet page at ChildTherapyToys.com. Come check out our extensive cast of characters!
Don’t forget that this week (2/1-2/7) is National Play Therapy Week! Do your part to boost awareness!