Little Lessons in Play Therapy

Little kids come with little issues, issues that might grow big if we are unsure how to handle them. In this podcast, Lisa discusses the commonly asked “little questions.” Tune in as she explores broken toys, food in the playroom, lying in the playroom, and what to do when a child tries to take a toy home.

1:11 Lisa discusses the Lessons from the Playroom series

2:00 Lisa introduces four different topics, questions we’ve received from listeners: broken toys in the playroom, food in the playroom, lying in the playroom, when a child tries to take a toy home

3:30 Broken toys segment begins

3:37 The importance of broken toys in the playroom as a metaphor

4:11 Children may relate to broken toys

4:38 What about a playroom where most of the toys are broken?

5:37 What do we do when a child breaks a toy?

6:59 Setting Boundaries in the Playroom

7:30 Food segment begins

7:39 Should we have food available in the playroom?

8:15 Sometimes food may be necessary

9:00 Considering food allergies

9:15 How can food be used as a regulatory and sensory experience?

11:00 Should we stay away from sugary treats?

12:33 Lying segment begins

12:37 The truth is, everybody lies

13:57 The need to make telling the truth attractive

14:31 How do the different types of lying present?

15:09 Lies may be meaningful to the child – if it feels real to the child, it is real to the child

15:25 What is the set-up when a child lies?

16:30 People will always lie when they perceive that it is safer than the truth

17:00 When a child tries to take a toy home segment begins

17:33 Acknowledging and redirecting

18:15 How can transition objects help?

19:30 You as the external regulator in the playroom