A Playful Therapeutic Approach for Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Children
Author: Alyson Thomsen
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Thera-Build' is a LEGO®-based therapeutic approach for improving children's emotional well-being. Participation in Thera-Build groups can help to boost self-esteem, address common issues such as anxiety and anger, support social development and build positive attachments. This inspiring and user-friendly guide explores the power of play, introduces the basics of brain plasticity and attachment theory, and shows exactly how to set up and run an effective Thera-Build group. A wide range of imaginative games and activities is included.
How to build social competence through LEGO®-based Clubs for children with autism and related conditions
Author: Simon Baron-Cohen
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
This complete guide to LEGO® Therapy contains everything you need to know in order to set up and run a LEGO® Club for children with autism spectrum disorders or related social communication difficulties and anxiety conditions. By providing a joint interest and goal, LEGO® building can become a medium for social development such as sharing, turn-taking, making eye-contact, and following social rules. This book outlines the theory and research base of the approach and gives advice on all practical considerations including space, the physical layout of the room and choosing and maintaining materials, as well as strategies for managing behaviour, further skill development, and how to assess progress. Written by the pioneer of the approach alongside those who helped form it through their research and evaluation, this evidence-based manual is essential reading for professionals working with autism who are interested in running a LEGO® Club or learning more about the therapy.
Building Language using LEGO® Bricks is a flexible and powerful intervention tool designed to aid children with severe receptive and expressive language disorders, often related to autism and other special educational needs. This practical manual equips you for setting up and adapting your own successful sessions. Downloadable resources enable you to chart progress in the following key areas: - The use of receptive and expressive language - The use and understanding of challenging concepts - Joint attention - Social communication Help children with complex needs to communicate with this unique tool, derived from the highly effective LEGO®-Based Therapy.
"You know, Dr. Dan, that kid is from my planet." With in-depth descriptions of LEGO®-based therapy in action, this book explains how and why it helps to promote the development of social skills for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and related conditions. Written by Daniel B. LeGoff, who pioneered the approach, this book comprises a series of case histories of children who participated in LEGO® therapy. It traces the development of the evidence-based approach, shares the clinical insights gained along the way and highlights the principles which should be at the core of all effective treatment and educational strategies for children with ASDs. The case histories have real practical value for those working with children with ASDs and also help to demonstrate the subtleties of the adult facilitation role for professionals running sessions.
The purpose of this book is to provide occupational therapy fieldwork students and novice practitioners with a quick guide to evaluation for children. This book will help students and practitioners perform efficient but comprehensive evaluations. Features include a step-by-step guide to the evaluation process, guidelines for selecting appropriate standardized and non-standardized tests, practical advice for meeting documentation requirements, and appendices with a number of sample evaluation reports. Compatibility:
A thorough revision of the essential guide to using play therapy in schools Fully updated and revised, School-Based Play Therapy, Second Edition presents an A-to-Z guide for using play therapy in preschool and elementary school settings. Coedited by noted experts in the field, Athena Drewes and Charles Schaefer, the Second Edition offers school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and teachers the latest techniques in developing creative approaches to utilize the therapeutic powers of play in schools. The Second Edition includes coverage on how to implement a play therapy program in school settings; play-based prevention programs; individual play therapy approaches as well as group play; and play therapy with special populations, such as selectively mute, homeless, and autistic children. In addition, nine new chapters have been added with new material covering: Cognitive-behavioral play therapy Trauma-focused group work Training teachers to use play therapy Filled with illustrative case studies and ready-to-use practical techniques and suggestions, School-Based Play Therapy, Second Edition is an essential resource for all mental health professionals working in schools.
Highly practical and user friendly, this book presents 58 play therapy techniques that belong in every child clinician's toolbox. The expert authors draw from multiple theoretical orientations to showcase powerful, well-established approaches applicable to a broad range of childhood problems. Activities, needed materials, and variations of each technique are succinctly described. Of critical importance for today's evidence-based practitioner, each chapter also includes a historical perspective on the technique at hand, a rationale explaining its therapeutic power, and a review of relevant empirical findings. The book enables readers to determine which strategies are appropriate for a particular child or group and rapidly incorporate them into practice.
Utilizes a family-centered perspective, using the terminology of the AOTA Practice Framework, which focuses on tailoring the OT approach to meet the needs of children within the context of their own environments. Includes evidence-based content such as clinical trials and outcome studies that demonstrate the basis for OTA best practices. Presents case examples that show how key concepts apply to real-life situations. UNIQUE! Features expert advice and tips from the authors and contributors in highlighted Clinical Pearls boxes. Addresses cultural diversity and sensitivity to introduce you to the wide groups of people that OTAs treat. Incorporates prevention as a role OTA’s have in addition to intervention and treatment. Contains suggested activities in each chapter that help bridge the gap between the classroom and the clinic. Prepares you for the information you’re expected to learn from the chapter with key terms, chapter outlines, and chapter objectives at the beginning of each chapter. Helps you assess and evaluate what you’ve learned with review questions and summaries at the end of each chapter. UNIQUE! Evolve website offers a variety of video clips and learning activities to help reinforce the material you learn in the text. UNIQUE! Demonstrates how concepts apply to practice with video clips on the Evolve website that exhibit pediatric clients involved in a variety of occupational therapy interventions. UNIQUE! Prepares you for new career opportunities with content on emerging practice areas such as community systems. UNIQUE! Offers new assessment and intervention strategies with the addition of content on Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments and physical agent modalities (PAMS). Provides the latest information on current trends and issues such as childhood obesity, documentation, neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), and concepts of elongation.
The landmark guide to play therapy—completely updated and revised Edited by Charles E. Schaefer—the "father of play therapy"—Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a complete, state-of-the-art guide to the many diverse approaches to, and methods used in, play therapy practice with children and adolescents. Featuring an expert panel of contributors, this comprehensive reference provides up-to-date and insightful coverage of all of the major theoretical models of play therapy and offers practical examples for the application of each model, including: Narrative play therapy Solution-focused play therapy Experiential play therapy Release play therapy Integrative play therapy Psychoanalytic approaches to play therapy Child-centered play therapy Gestalt play therapy Family play therapy Cognitive behavioral play therapy Prescriptive play therapy Written for therapists looking for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into their practice, as well as students or those in need of a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a standard-setting resource presenting pragmatic and useful information for therapists at all levels of training.
Useful for newcomers to the children's library staff as well as longtime children's librarians, the second edition of this popular handbook provides easy-to-follow instructions to make innovations in children's library materials work for you. • Covers new technologies and Common Core standards in addition to traditional areas of children's services • Allows any library staff to comfortably assist children searching for reference and homework help, offer effective readers' advisory assistance, and perform basic promotion of books to children • Supplies information that is useful for newcomers to the children's library staff and those who substitute at the children's desk as well as longtime children's librarians or experienced staff taking on new responsibilities