Why isn’t this child playing? When a child won’t play in play therapy
A playroom without play can cause confusion. But there are many reasons a child may leave the toy box shut. Sometimes, it’s a reflection of anxiety or tied to a younger emotional age. Other times, this issue isn’t one at all: discovering the play requires setting aside our preconceived notions about what play entails.
1:00 Lisa introduces Lessons from the Playroom Series and call for ideas
2:30 There are several key reasons a child won’t play
3:10 Is the child flooded?
4:20 Signs of flooding
5:30 How can we help a flooded child?
5:45 Looking at emotional age
7:00 Working with a child who is chronologically older than the level of play needed
8:30 Concerns in the play
10:00 What might issues in the play indicate?
11:39 Are we judging the child’s version of the play?
13:30 Working with a child who is hyper-focused on a specific area of interest
15:00 How can expectations of play lead to assumptions?
16:30 Discovering the subtle ways a child may be playing