How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?
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How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?

When adults experience a traumatic event or situation, therapy is often very beneficial. While it can be a long road to recovery, trauma therapy can help a person to manage their anxiety and identify their triggers. With young children, though, traditional “talk” therapy isn’t usually the right fit. Depending on your child’s age, it may…

Using Praise To Improve Behavior
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Using Praise To Improve Behavior

Praising Your Child By Kelly Guidry, LPC-S Have you ever gotten feedback to the tune of “good job”, “great work”, or “awesome”?  Did you think to yourself, good job for what? Great work at what? Awesome for what? All too often we are quick to dish out generic compliments, and by all means there isn’t…

Medical Play Therapy
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Medical Play Therapy

What is medical play therapy? Play therapy is helpful for children who have an illness or must have surgery that requires hospitalization. Hospitalizations are stressful for children and their families. Young children often feel frightened, confused, and out of control. Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, and medical…

Helping Infants and Preschoolers Cope With Medical Stress
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Helping Infants and Preschoolers Cope With Medical Stress

Helping Infants and Preschoolers Cope With Medical Procedures, Illness, and Hospitalization Almost all children will experience medical procedures (e.g. lumbar puncture, injection) during childhood and some experience related medical stress. Most receive at least 10 preventive injections by age 5 5 million children undergo treatment or diagnostic medical procedures yearly More than 2 million children…

Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers
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Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers

The newest research suggests that autism is now affecting up to 1 in 88 children. That makes it certain that someone you know will have a child affected by this devastating condition in your lifetime. Research consistently shows that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the more positive the effects of early intervention are. This is…

Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…
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Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…

I remember the days when I wasn’t sure about this therapy called, “Floortime.” I came from a strong behavioral approach (ABA-incidental teaching) to therapy with children on the autism spectrum, which of course “pooh-poohed” anything that was not behaviorally driven. I recall talking over my concerns with my new supervisor, who heard and accepted them…

Stress in Infants and Toddlers
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Stress in Infants and Toddlers

Therapy can help. Like older children or adults, infants and toddlers sometimes have problems with their behavior or emotions when they experience stress. Stress can include such things as seeing family members fight, being separated from important people, not having enough to eat or not having a place to live. Babies who were born early…