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How Play Reduces Anxiety

Playtime Principles for Therapy with Kids and Their Parents

Lawrence Cohen • 8/21/2017

By Lawrence Cohen - Parents of young, anxious children are often unsure of how to prepare them for a potentially upsetting event. Using play, however, can heal past upsets and prepare them for upcoming transitions. Here's how a powerful session with a mother and daughter clarified the principles that would come to guide my approach.

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In Consultation

Playing with Anxiety: Helping Young Children Face Scary Situations

Lawrence Cohen • 7/12/2017

How to use the therapeutic play zone to help young children face difficult situations.

Magazine Article

Helping Parents Guide their Child's Moral Development

Nurturing Children's Capacity for Empathy, Kindness, and Emotional Connection

Lawrence Cohen • 3/9/2016

By Lawrence Cohen - Though you may have to dig for examples, most children have some capacity for empathy, cooperation, and kindness. A great deal of parental worry comes from not realizing that the aspects of a healthy conscience develop unevenly and that the road to morality is slow and bumpy. Many children understand what’s right, but can’t muster the self-regulation to do it. Here are some specific scenarios to help parents mirror their children in a playful manner, offer knowledge, and understand them without judgment or shame.

Daily Blog

In Consultation

Don’t Hit Your Sister! Understanding the complexities of moral development

Lawrence Cohen • 9/1/2015

How to help the concerned parents of aggressive kids understand the complexities of moral development.

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How Play Reduces Anxiety

Playtime Principles for Therapy with Kids and Their Parents

Lawrence Cohen • 8/21/2017

By Lawrence Cohen - Parents of young, anxious children are often unsure of how to prepare them for a potentially upsetting event. Using play, however, can heal past upsets and prepare them for upcoming transitions. Here's how a powerful session with a mother and daughter clarified the principles that would come to guide my approach.

Daily Blog

Helping Parents Guide their Child's Moral Development

Nurturing Children's Capacity for Empathy, Kindness, and Emotional Connection

Lawrence Cohen • 3/9/2016

By Lawrence Cohen - Though you may have to dig for examples, most children have some capacity for empathy, cooperation, and kindness. A great deal of parental worry comes from not realizing that the aspects of a healthy conscience develop unevenly and that the road to morality is slow and bumpy. Many children understand what’s right, but can’t muster the self-regulation to do it. Here are some specific scenarios to help parents mirror their children in a playful manner, offer knowledge, and understand them without judgment or shame.

Daily Blog
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In Consultation

Playing with Anxiety: Helping Young Children Face Scary Situations

Lawrence Cohen • 7/12/2017

How to use the therapeutic play zone to help young children face difficult situations.

Magazine Article

In Consultation

Don’t Hit Your Sister! Understanding the complexities of moral development

Lawrence Cohen • 9/1/2015

How to help the concerned parents of aggressive kids understand the complexities of moral development.

Magazine Article
Page 1 of 1 (2 Items)
Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., is the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry. He coauthored The Art of Roughhousing; Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Mom, They're Teasing Me.