The Healing Power of Play: Helping the traumatized child find safety again

Crenshaw, David
September 2008
Psychotherapy Networker Magazine;Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p61
The article discusses the significance of a child's outdoor activity in discharging the tensions. Playing is both releasing and disarming, wherein it may be too threatening for the child to give up control sufficiently to enter into it. Child therapists can help children reclaim their vital feature of emotional self-regulation by teaching, remodeling, and setting the stage for the child to play. It may be more natural for a child to work through trauma and other issues in the language of play.


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