Allows your child toplay using their words and gestures and learn about jokes and acting
Eating disorders are a range of psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits to develop. They can affect anyone at any age at any time. They are not a choice and are not a lifestyle decision. Working out why someone develops an eating disorder can be incredibly complicated and depend on several factors including: genetics, brain biology, personality traits, and cultural ideals.
Many of us grew up with much loved pets who we went to when life got a bit tough but animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is far more than that simple interaction between a child or teen and a pet. That is a part of it, but in AAT the purpose is to help the child or teen learn to manage the big feelings or stressful situations that brought them to therapy in the first place and the animal is an integral part of what happens next. (I will write about dogs in this article, but there are many types of animals that can work as therapy animals.)
Children do not have the inner resources to deal with the big feelings they often experience and need help to process them. Without that help, the feelings become a big, tangled mess inside the child and often spill out as unwanted behaviours which make things incredibly hard for the child and those around them such as aggression, bullying, anxiety, fears and phobias, hyperactivity and other uncontrollable or worrying behaviours.
Hello, I’m Beth Webb. I’m a professional storyteller and a children’s author.
I tell stories for fun in performances, I tell therapeutic stories in pictures for those for whom words are just too much or too difficult (https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/about), and sometimes I help people write (or draw) their own stories to say the unsayable.
When Elaine asked me to write about the importance of therapeutic storytelling for #NationalStorytellingWeek, I didn’t want to just give you a list of bullet points and academic explanations of why and how I do what I do.
I’m probably giving far too much away about my age, but I grew up sharing many bear stories with my parents, especially my father. Paddington and Winnie the Pooh were two of my favourite bedtime reads and whilst Paddington showed much wisdom in relation to marmalade and taught us all a lot about being an orphaned migrant, Pooh and his friends have much to teach us about coping with life and acceptance of both ourselves and others.
Some children and young people deliberately hurt themselves as a way of coping with negative events or difficult feelings they have experienced.
When a child or young person is having a hard time, often they don’t have the words to explain how they feel, or don’t believe (for many reasons) that they can share their experiences.
As a therapist, I have a range of materials that clients can draw on in their therapy to help them make sense of their experiences and this article explores a few of the tools and techniques we use in therapy that often don’t feature as predominately as tools like sand, clay and drawing.
As a therapist, I have a range of materials that clients can draw on in their therapy to help them make sense of their experiences and one of the most used by clients is sand. One of the beautiful things about sand is that it’s benefits in therapy are universal and don’t depend on age or artistic ability or even a shared spoken language.
5 million grandparents take on some childcare responsibilities on a regular basis in the UK. Nearly all of them (88%) enjoy spending time with their grandchildren with 50% of them saying caring for grandchildren helped keep them physically and mentally active.
Emma is an eight year old girl who lives in Bristol with her mum and her two older sisters. Dad is not at home and she’s had a series of disappointments around mum’s short term (and often suddenly disappearing) boyfriends who she has often got to like. She’s your average kind of eight year old: behaving ok at school generally; seems really happy with her friends; likes gym and horses.
One of the biggest concerns we face as parents is keeping our children safe in this pandemic, even though we seem to have passed the peak.
As a parent, I would want to know that anyone my child was seeing was putting my child’s safety at the forefront of what they were doing, so I thought I would explain how I am working to keep your child safe in my playroom.
The ripple effect of play therapy is often forgotten in the midst of schools often only seeing the 'one child' a therapist works with in a single session.
As a therapist in school, I can see up to six children in a day, which amplifies the benefits further.
As you might know, I often work with a ‘furry-side kick’ in my playroom. Orca, the therapy dog, is a collie poodle cross who adores sharing time with my clients. She’s only there if she’s wanted by the child or young person I am working with and we go through an introduction session first.
Aggression in play is hard… as the adult it takes you right to the edge of what you can hold from an energy perspective and can leave you feeling tired and drained. Even as a trained and experienced therapist, it can be hard work!
First of the Monday Series from 'One thought @ 1pm' from Elaine Hutchinson at Creating Calm.
This looks at the play therapy journey from the parent (or other key adult) perspective - from referral, through initial intake meeting, how a typical session could look, to review and ending meetings. How they work and what you need to know...
Play is the natural language of children.
Whenever your child asks you to play with them, they are inviting you into their world to share how they are feeling and how they understand that world. They won’t come in from school or nursery and say, ‘Phew, that was a tough day!’, they will say, ‘Come and play with me…’