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Recreating a movie can sometimes take the place of imaginative play. When this happens in the playroom, it provides clues to the underlying problem and challenges. The key is learning to flip the “script” towards integration.


:57 Lisa introduces LFPR series

1:27  How do we work with children who recreate scenes from movies, books, TV, etc?

2:45 Is there a difference between imaginative play and recreating a scene from a movie?

3:40 Working with whatever is showing up, however it is showing up

4:21 Think back to your favorite childhood movie and why it was your favorite movie

6:00 Movies as a preparation for adulthood

7:26 The importance of our favorite songs

8:25 Grabbing onto movies that are culturally significant

9:13 Lisa provides examples of kids acting out movies inside the playroom

11:00 How does play signify challenges and underlying issues?

12:00 Episode 16: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Playroom

13:30 Acting out a movie may feel safer than creative play

15:00 Why do some kids act out the same scene over and over again?

16:30 How does acting out a movie represent compartmentalization?

17:23 How can we deepen the play and move towards integration?

18:30 Empowerment through play

19:00 Introducing new toys

19:30 What is the neuroscience behind all this?

20:59 Meeting children where they are

21:33 At the end of the day, the type of play doesn’t really matter

Don’t forget to join us and special guest Judy Norman, MA, MS, LPC, RPT, on December 11 at 2:00 PM (MST) for our free Lessons from the Playroom webinar. We’ll discuss Working with  Teachers in Play Therapy.  If you can’t watch live, sign up anyway and we’ll send you a 24-hour playback the night of the webinar. Register today!