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Lessons from the Playroom

Dec 23, 2019

"How can you embrace your own spirituality, what is meaningful to you, to help a child heal?" - Lisa Dion

Spirituality in the playroom not only means working with clients and families who may hold different belief systems, but it also means finding your own. For some, this is a higher power; for others, play therapy is...

Dec 10, 2019

"Diet is just another partner in crime contributing to the symptoms that show up in the playroom." - Lisa Dion

The connection between gut and brain is becoming more widely studied and gaining in increased importance. For children who struggle, this brings up the possibility that what they're eating is feeding underlying...

Nov 22, 2019

"Perfectionism is the strategy the child is using to manage their anxiety and fear." - Lisa Dion

Perfectionism in the playroom shows up in a variety of ways. But beneath the need to be perfect sits a child's uncertainty about themselves. The key to regulating this fear and anxiety is showing the child how to come back...

Nov 10, 2019

"It's not that children with SPD don't want to regulate; it's that they can't." - Lisa Dion

Sensory Processing Disorder is a misunderstood challenge that can show up in the playroom in a variety of ways. Often, recognizing the issue is the first step in helping the client. The second, of course, is showing these children...

Oct 4, 2019

"A child's failure to notice a lack of hygiene is often a sign that they're disconnected from their bodies." - Lisa Dion

Little kids aren't known for hygiene and inside the playroom is no different. However, a noticeable lack of hygiene may be the sign of something bigger. A child regressing in emotional age or reliving...