Playtime Principles for Therapy with Kids and Their Parents
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.
Playing with Anxiety: Helping Young Children Face Scary Situations
How to use the therapeutic play zone to help young children face difficult situations.
Nurturing Children's Capacity for Empathy, Kindness, and Emotional Connection
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.
Don’t Hit Your Sister! Understanding the complexities of moral development
How to help the concerned parents of aggressive kids understand the complexities of moral development.