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ERIC Number: EJ786475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Better Play Times Training--Theory and Practice in an EBD Primary School
Woolf, Alison
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v13 n1 p49-62 Mar 2008
Providing child-centred play opportunities and re-creating early attachment experiences facilitates a child's social and emotional development, as well as giving time and space for self-expression and relaxation. Play therapists provide these conditions after lengthy and intensive training. Para-professionals are now being trained and supported in offering therapeutic play sessions in schools. This article describes the training and implementation of one programme in a primary school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Qualitative and quantitative assessments are used to monitor the intervention and a summary of the results is given. The question of safeguarding pupils and staff in this new way of working is raised. The article considers the areas of school life that a programme of therapeutic play sessions might be valuable for. The piece finishes by looking at formalising the training and the how the trainees may continue with the work. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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