Best new book on home and playground-based play therapy around for helping children heal from psychological trauma, abuse and neglect! Written for the foster and adoption populations, but appealing, appropriate and developmentally enhancing for all children!
The book is written not just for psychological therapists and counselors, but for the caregivers of children who need to know how to help children away from the therapy office. Rhythm and movement are vital to a child’s neuro-behavioral development and social growth. A child’s need for play is innate and play as therapy should be an integral part of any child’s regular day!
Real-world interactive play with ideas for practice supported by sound explanations of the why behind it all is the theme. Strategies are introduced to promote positive attachment and supportive relationships between children, caregivers and playmates. Trauma-focused and trauma-sensitive activities that help children find workable solutions to their own problems, develop focus, improve impulse/self-control and practice better cause-effect thinking fill the pages of this timely, much needed and easy-to-read book.
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‘This book gives fun ways to engage children in physical as well as mental activities during difficult times of pain or hurt. The physical activities especially strengthen muscle memory, providing a vast opportunity for children who will benefit from this well-written and timely book!’
– Dawn D’Amico LCSW, PhD, author of 101 Mindful Arts-Based Activities to Get Children and Adolescents Talking
‘What I find most interesting about Beth Powell’s work are the connections she makes between the physical, the neurological, and the emotional. She reminds us that physical and creative play are vital for healthy human growth and must retain significance in this world of electronic and passive stimulants.’
– Dr. Brandy Harvey, Dean of Instruction, Lone Star College, Montgomery
‘This is a fresh approach and much-needed resource for today’s parents. An essential book for those who wish to instill “non-tech” problem-solving skills for real world problems that children face in the 21st century. Powell’s personal stories and powerful insight combine to make this an easy read. The book is filled with helpful strategies and the questions at the end of each chapter are a great learning tool and resource. Truly, this is a book that is ideal for those working with children suffering from trauma.’
– Dr. John DeGarmo, leading expert in foster care and parenting, founder of The Foster Care Institute
‘Fun Games and Physical Activities to Help Heal Children Who Hurt is unlike anything I’ve yet to read! Ms. Powell breaks the typical activity book barrier with a masterpiece much more personal. This book is what this generation needs: Let’s replace the tech and retrain the brain. A great read for parents, teachers, and people seeking out tools to reach the neglected and traumatized.’
– Troy Skeen, Former Director and Founder of a Nationally Recognized Treatment Facility for Traumatized Children