Kids Education - Play Therapy with Jodi Lord (13 May 2011)
Play Therapy with Jodi Lord
Child play therapy is an effective way to help children. This approach aims to help children work through a variety of difficulties including: emotional, psychosocial, behavioural difficulties, as well as family difficulties, in a non-threatening manner.
Child play therapy aims to develop a relationship between the child and the therapist. The therapist enters the child’s world; following the child’s lead; developing a safe place and relationship of trust. The role of the therapist is to assist the child through this process.
Jodi is a trained play therapist, certified trauma counsellor and experienced intermediate phase teacher. She has more than 10 years experience working with children of all ages. She studied psychology at Stellenbosch University and the University of Maastricht (in The Netherlands), teaching at the University of Cape Town, Play Therapy and Trauma Counseling through UNISA.
Jodi is currently studying her PhD through Potchefstroom University (NWU).
During her studies she completed her internship at a variety of places including: IRFSA – Islamic Resource Foundation of South Africa for abused woman and children. CASE – Community action towards a safer environment, in Hanover Park and Western Province Preparatory School, in Claremont.
A message from Jodi:
I would like to confirm the importance of empowering your child and praising her when it is due. It’s a tough world out there and it’s vital that a child feels safe, secure and heard at home. But, remember boundaries and rules, and that they change age-appropriately. Parents must be parents, and a child must be allowed to be a child, so let her be for as long as she can.
Always keep an eye-out for what your child is watching on TV and doing on the Internet. Keep a closer eye on her friends. Before scolding and giving advice on issues, ask your child what she thinks – you will be amazed every time. Allow your child to beat you in games – regularly. We have many kinds of replica designer handbags for kids. It’s ok to admit that you made a mistake and that you are sorry.
It’s a blessing to be a parent, embrace it, love it and don’t forget to take lots of photographs.