Category Archives: play

Filial Therapy–A beginning

By the time parents begin to search for professional help for their child, I believe that they are experiencing two major assaults on their own parenting beliefs: 1.  I am no longer a competent parent, able to help or soothe … Continue reading

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A New Sibling–A Playful Solution for 4 Year Old

MAGIC.   That’s the best description for a four-year-old.  Each day brings more carefully crafted fantasy into a four-year-old’s life. Several years ago I was given the honor of being present when a third child appeared in a family, whose son … Continue reading

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Social Development in the Sand Box (36-60 months)

“I was so embarrassed yesterday when my child took another’s toy and then hit him with it,” said the young mother. She described a communal play area (large park sand box) where several three to five-year-old children were playing.  Her … Continue reading

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Buckets of Feelings

“Children’s play can be more fully appreciated when recognized as their natural medium of communication.  Children express themselves more fully and more directly through self-initiated spontaneous play than they do verbally because they are more comfortable with play.  For children … Continue reading

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When Summer Doesn’t Include a Vacation

Two years ago my husband and I had our first “STAYCATION.”  It actually started out as a supposed one day “gosh, what can we do for fun and not drive too far?” We live on the ocean.  It’s generally cool … Continue reading

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Birth to 18 months Emotional Development

The Social and Emotional Development from Birth to 18 months is often a concern for parents, especially first time parents.  Trying to engage babies so that they grow in their own SELF-CONCEPT is a daunting task to begin with. Somehow … Continue reading

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Case of Developmental Expectation

Here’s a glimpse into the story about “Developmental Expectation.” At 12 years of age,  Bobbi acted more like an eight-year-old, and that was on a good day.  It only took a few days in our residential facility for the staff … Continue reading

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