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ERIC Number: EJ921560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Play Therapy for Bereaved Children: Adapting Strategies to Community, School, and Home Settings
Webb, Nancy Boyd
School Psychology International, v32 n2 p132-143 Apr 2011
Play therapy is a highly adaptable treatment method that can be modified according to children's ages, circumstances, and settings in which counseling occurs. Play therapy may be used in schools, community settings, and homes to help children following the death of a significant other. After reviewing basic developmental factors that affect children's ability to comprehend the meaning of death, the article discusses the special circumstances of grief in different situations, including community-based counseling after Hurricane Katrina, school-based group play therapy following a teacher's death, and conjoint parent-child play therapy after a father's death in a terrorist attack. Increasing the acceptability and effectiveness of play therapy, professionals must consider and incorporate family and community traditions and beliefs. Additionally, professionals are encouraged to support teachers and parents in utilizing play-based activities to facilitate children's expressions of grief.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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