When a Child’s Nervous System is in Collapse Response / SHUT DOWN

By Heather Fairlee Denbrough, LiCSW, RPT-S, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Collapse (also called “hypoarousal”) is a response like fight-or-flight, but we shut down instead of jump into action. It is a survival response [...]

An Examination of Child-Centered Play Therapy & Synergetic Play Therapy

by Bethany J. Townsend, Ph.D., Lindsay Ishman, Lisa Dion & Kara L. Carnes-Holt Note: This is an Author’s Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Child [...]

How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus – Video

What every parent needs to know. * Talking to Children About the Pandemic  As the pandemic continues its presence in our lives, how do we discuss the coronavirus [...]

2022-04-18T06:24:36-06:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Vagus Nerve: Why it’s a Key to Regulation

The vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves in your body. Not only is it vital to regulation, but it plays a role in immunity and helps the body recover [...]

2022-03-01T06:24:13-07:00March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What It’s Like to Learn from the Living Room: An Interview with a Homeschooling Mom

With schools closed and many in isolation, several parents now must assume the role of academic teacher - from phonics to fractions, geography to geology, it’s getting real! Move over common core [...]

2022-03-04T09:46:56-07:00March 17th, 2020|Supporting Parents, Therapists, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nature in Play Therapy (Part 2)

From the mountains to the trees to the warm summer's breeze, sometimes we just need our Mother Earth. Bringing nature into play therapy provides a wonderful opportunity to further regulate yourself and [...]

2022-03-01T06:24:42-07:00March 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lying in Play Therapy

Lying in Play Therapy While lying often gets a bad rap, everybody lies (yep, even you!). In fact, it has less to do with manipulation and more to do with protection of [...]

2021-12-03T15:02:48-07:00February 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cooperative Games in Play Therapy

Cooperative Games are growing in popularity, likely because of their ability to cultivate teamwork and appreciation of one another. In the playroom, they're used effectively with siblings and families, reminding each player [...]

Supporting Adoptive and Foster Parents in Play Therapy

Supporting Adoptive and Foster Parents in Play Therapy Working with adoptive and foster parents is a rewarding experience, but the lack of education that runs rampant poses a challenge. As therapists, one [...]

2021-12-03T15:07:48-07:00January 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Presence in Play Therapy

Presence in Play Therapy Much to Barbie's chagrin, you're the most important toy in the playroom. Still, showing up for a session isn't enough: you must be fully present too. But in [...]

2021-12-03T15:08:47-07:00January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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