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Lessons from the Playroom

Nov 30, 2018

"Children will bring in whatever they need to bring in. There is no type of play that is better or worse." - Lisa Dion

Recreating a movie can sometimes take the place of imaginative play. When this happens in the playroom, it provides clues to the underlying problem and challenges. The key is learning to flip...

Nov 2, 2018

"Don't be fooled by the smile. Underneath there may be a lot of pain waiting to come out." - Lisa Dion

People-pleasing in the playroom happens, and not just with children; therapists get caught in people-pleasing too! This ever-so-familiar coping strategy is often covering up challenges a child or therapist may not yet...

Sep 27, 2018

"Trust that both you and the child will be okay." - Lisa Dion

Early termination happens for a handful of reasons. Sometimes, we can't change this. But shifting our perspective helps us look at terminations through another view, trusting ourselves and the child in the process.


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Sep 12, 2018

"The bop bags, like every other toy, will become what the child needs to be." - Lisa Dion

Bop bags in the playroom are a controversial toy. But do they promote aggression and anger? Or can they be used to promote integration, self-awareness, and regulation? The answer: it depends on how you use them.

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Aug 27, 2018

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." - Lisa Dion

Teachers and play therapists make a powerful pair, but this starts with an initial conference. How can clinicians assure this meeting goes well, putting themselves in a position where they're viewed as an ally rather than a threat? Success...