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Universal Play Therapy: A Guide for Supporting Young Children's Development Spiral-bound – 2016
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Universal Play Therapy (UPT) is a play-based guide for supporting young children's development. Intended for independent use by parents at home and teachers in the classroom, UPT is also an effective coaching model for the practicing play therapist. Skill-based and time-limited, informative yet accessible, UPT recognizes the importance of structure, consistency, and predictability in a child's routine and in the interactions between children and the adults entrusted to care for and teach them. In Phase I, the adult establishes a structured and consistent routine, with clear expectations for behavior, through the use of 45 colorful, child-friendly illustrations created by professional artist Bruce Arant. In Phase II, the adult creates special, weekly play times, where specific skills, intended to support the child's self-regulation and coping abilities, are practiced. Through your participation in Universal Play Therapy, you will empower your child or student to acquire the emotional skills that will help them cope with life's challenges in and out of the classroom.
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Mr. Bellissimo provides us with communication strategies to help caregiver/therapist/teacher build rapport with children, promote positive behavior by allowing children to make choices, teach children to tolerate limits, cope with feelings of frustration encountered throughout their learning process & the steps to reinforce appropriate behaviors by implementing active/effective communication skills.
1. Support a colleague who achieved something most only dream about. Congratulations, well done!
2. I hoped that after reading this manual I would improve my ability to communicate with parents who have a child struggling with challenging behaviors.
I wondered if the book would be written in clinical terms that would only make sense to a therapist. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was written in plain language that I could understand and that the techniques offered could be applied, not only in the classroom, but at home as well. I have a clearer understanding of how what most view on the surface as simple play has such a powerful purpose in helping a child develop skills necessary to navigate their amazing little worlds. Regardless of whether or not you interact with children on a daily basis, whether through work or play, if you have an opportunity to help mold the life of a child in any capacity, this book is worth your time.
This book is an in depth overview of various play therapy techniques and how they are implemented. Christian has provided many examples and gives you the tools required to successfully engage in play therapy.
As a teacher of preschoolers, UPT has been an invaluable tool which has contributed to the success of my students. I've seen such a dramatic improvement since putting these tactics to use. The schedules, activities, rules, and practice exercises have been so useful.
This is an especially difficult time to be a child. It is equally difficult to effectively and compassionately heal and guide a child who is crying out for help. Let Universal Play Therapy enlighten you. You will not be disappointed.