Play therapy at work
Play therapy has become a very important element of my work with families and children. In this article, I hope to give you parents some idea of how powerful play can be as an intervention as well as some ideas of how to utilize play with your own children.
It is Father’s Day as I write this article and I am reminded of one particular case where play therapy had a profound impact on a family. This family had a child with severe autism. They were unable to manage him at home and he was living at the residential treatment facility where I worked. The child in question was very routine oriented and had an extremely restricted range of activities in which he would engage. Basically, if he wasn’t repeatedly watching small snippets of Disney videos, he wasn’t happy. To make matters worse, if he wasn’t happy, he tended to tantrum, hit and bite those around him. As a result of these behaviors, not only could he not live at home but the family was challenged to even have him home for short visits. They literally had to put the entire house on lock down to prevent their son from wandering away and at least one of them had to take time off of work to stay up all night to supervise their son.
Starting on Tuesday, July 16 at 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, I will host an online special needs parent consultation and support group on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. As a special needs parent myself, I know how hard it is to get help and support. It takes a lot to find time and childcare to go out to a support group. For this reason, I’m bringing the group to you. Through a secure video chat I will host a discussion on “How to get your child to do more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.” This is your chance to get together with other parents and share your stories as well as learn about my system of Functional Behavior Analyses made just for parents. These sessions are free to current clients seeing me for sessions and only $10 for all others. Simply sign up for the sessions in the secure patient area of this website. I look forward to seeing you then! If you have any questions, please email, call or leave them in the comments section below.