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Take the Stress Out of Transitions

When completing a diagnostic evaluation for a new client, I always ask about triggers for problematic behavior. Transitions are one of the top triggers for kiddos to start a temper tantrum and erupt in all around difficult behaviors. This is especially true for children with ADHD, anxiety, ODD, and ASD. The difficult thing about transitions… Continue reading Take the Stress Out of Transitions

Play Therapy Interventions

Play Genogram Child Therapy Intervention

This is an intervention that should definitely be in your play therapy toolbox! I use this intervention with almost every child that I work with because I find out such valuable information about family dynamics. This is particularly helpful with children in foster care, children of divorce, children with multiple homes, and children who have lost a loved one. This intervention… Continue reading Play Genogram Child Therapy Intervention

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5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Sleep is so important. It is vital for adults, but it is especially vital for children. Sleep allows children the ability to grow, rejuvenate, and become healthy both in mind and body. There is a strong correlation between children not getting sufficient sleep and mental health difficulties. Although it does not always happen, I have… Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Play Therapy Interventions

Coping Connection Child Therapy Intervention

Therapy interventions can really come out of nowhere sometimes! This intervention came from me simply thinking of a way for children to connect their difficult (or sometimes even not so difficult) feelings to calming skills that help them. This intervention is most helpful after kids have a strong emotional identification and knowledge of coping/calming skills.… Continue reading Coping Connection Child Therapy Intervention

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5 Common Anxiety Themes in Play Therapy

Themes and behaviors in the playroom are huge indicators of what is going on in a child’s life and can even give signs of a diagnosis. There are many general themes that can be seen in play therapy, as discussed in the post 15 Common Themes in Play Therapy. Today's post will discuss themes that are… Continue reading 5 Common Anxiety Themes in Play Therapy

Play Therapy Interventions

A Heartfelt Way to Work Through Grief and Loss

I have been working with multiple clients lately that are going through grief and loss issues. Grief and loss is challenging for people of all ages, but it is especially challenging (and confusing) for children. Death is a big concept and a majority of the time children don't, and probably won't, fully understand it. Today's… Continue reading A Heartfelt Way to Work Through Grief and Loss

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How To Mindfully Play With Your Child

In today's day in age, I see so many parents occupy their children by giving them tablets, phones, or setting them in front of the television. Although some screen time is okay, there are so many benefits of parents mindfully engaging in play. Today's post will focus on ways to mindfully play with your children.… Continue reading How To Mindfully Play With Your Child