Using Bop Bags in the Playroom
Bop bags in the playroom are a controversial toy. But do they promote aggression and anger? Or can they be used to promote integration, self-awareness, and regulation? The answer: it depends on how you use them.
:57 Lisa introduces LFPR series
1:26 Some people are against bop bags in the playroom
2:50 How should we handle aggression in the playroom?
3:39 How is the bop bag being used? Is it therapeutic?
4:31 Does the bop bag allow for integration and a therapeutic experience?
5:00 What is catharsis?
5:30 “Get the mad out” – is it right or wrong?
6:30 Is the child connected to themselves while they’re engaged?
7:15 How can we support the child in learning about themselves and having self-awareness?
8:19 The bop bag isn’t only used for aggression
9:00 Children may use the bop bag to regulate
9:30 The bop bag, like every other toy, will become what the child needs it to be
10:33 Referring to the bop bag as “it”
11:15 It’s not important for you to know what the bop bag represents; it’s just important for you to facilitate the process
12:00 What felt sense is underneath the bop bag?
12:22 Lisa outlines reflections to help the child become aware of what they’re doing
13:33 Voicing the bop bag
14:33 Acting as the observer
15:33 Voicing observations of the bop bag itself
16:00 Voicing observations of the child’s intention
17:40 Avoiding observations that encourage aggression (i.e., “you’re so strong,” “get him again”)
20:21 Children will amp up the play until the therapist names it
20:50 The importance of congruence and authenticity
23:00 Bop bags may be helpful in directing intensity away from you