There is no hiding my passion for play. I’ve written in the past about how important free, child-directed play is in the development of children. As a counselor, I have been trained in many play therapy techniques. I’ve read the literature, I’ve gone to the classes, I’ve watched the videos, I have spent the past 9 years preparing myself to play with children in such a way that promotes their development socially and emotional. Continue reading →
There is chart, after chart, after chart of information regarding which gains or milestones a child must hit in their development. Most parents and schools are concerned with cognitive and physical development. Can my kid read when he’s suppose to? Was he an early walker?
There is no doubt that hitting milestones in cognitive development is important, but focusing only on this aspect isn’t looking at the big picture of development. What about play development? Social and emotional development?
As school counselors and play therapists, our whole profession is focused on developing these critical areas of child development. The most overlooked part of a developing child is their ability to play and their ability to relate. I say it all the time, but I’ll say it again. Despite our best efforts, children will not learn how to play or how to relate if you don’t teach them!
A HUGE developmental milestone for school-aged children is the development of empathy.
I originally started this blog for school counselors. As I evolved and fell more and more in love with play therapy, I extended my knowledge to include play therapy activities and ideas for school counselor and clinical counselor use. Then, I hit my 3rd year as a counselor and I started feeling the burnout. I was tired all the time, I was dragging my student worries home. I would think about my students all night, often dreaming about what I “should have done.” That’s when I decided to focus a third of the blog to counselor self-care. Continue reading →
I did this lesson back in March to conclude our month of practicing curiosity. But, this lesson would be a great May lesson, as well.
This lesson incorporates a review of character skills from December on (mine was obvious only a 3 month review, but you could easily review as many months as you want), as well as recognizing things that we’ve had to LEARN how to do.
I’m almost jealous of all the people who can use this lesson in May as opposed to March. What a great review of all the new things you’ve learned over the course of a year!