May Play Therapy Wrap-Up

-The Nashville Predators didn’t have a championship season, but they were champions off the ice. The team donated grant money to the HighHopesDevelopmentCenter’s play therapy room and equipped a cool clubhouse with slides, pulleys, and more. I think a slide is just what my play therapy room has been missing!

-This article coming to us from Canberra, Australia takes a look at some atypical play therapy used with atypical patients. Local performers–singers, clowns, etc.–are being trained to use their acts with the aged and impaired. Music and humor is found to have very positive effects on elderly people and has the power to illicit feelings and responses where other interventions fall short.

-Every play therapist has received their share of confused or skeptical looks from parents when Sand Play Therapy is brought up. Here’s a nice list of 5 important benefits of this kind of intervention.

-Dr. Gary Landreth, founder of the University of Texas Center for Play Therapy, has been summoned from across the pond to be a visiting professor at the University of Roehampton in England. Landreth is a veteran play therapist, the author of many articles on the subject and a frequent speaker at workshops and events. He is also the author of the books Innovations in Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, and Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship.

– This article takes a look at play therapy in schools, particularly during testing time. It notes that play therapy “leads to higher order thinking skills, critical skills needed for subjects such as math and science.” It also points out that play is especially critical to development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

-Looking for a good certificate program in southern California? Here are the details on what’s offered by UCSD.

-This article points out a few things to keep in mind when putting together a play therapy room for non-directive play therapy.

-People who have brain tumors are subjected to an intense, extensive regiment of MRI scans which require them to lay perfectly still for forty minutes or more. This is a daunting task for anyone, but even moreso for a child. This news story from the BBC looks at a program adopted by one hospital that uses play therapy to prepare the children for the demands of the treatment and thereby avoid the need for anaesthetic. It’s an interesting story and a real testament to the usefulness of play therapy. 

-Here’s a helpful blog post from PlayDrMom on how to start your first Play Therapy case.

-The APT Annual Conference will be in Houston, TX this year October 7-12. Registration is now open! We will see you there!

-ADDitude magazine put out a really great piece on shame and ADHD.

-May’s Sand Tray Miniature of the Month is the Friends with Diverse Abilities. These figures are a great way to express the challenges of being disabled or knowing and interacting with disabled persons…
Have an inspired June, play therapists!

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