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Hitchhiker’s Guide to Planet Earth: Play Therapy Tools for Kids Who Don’t Fit In

  • Time:

    9:00 a.m.
  • Date:

    Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Location:

    Shults Center International Room

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Children with neurological disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tourette’s Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, and PDD often feel as though they are living on the wrong planet. They don’t intuitively understand societal norms. They experience the world as harsh—too bright, too loud, too rough, too stimulating—or not stimulating enough. Many have difficulty with even basic self-care tasks and self-regulation. As a result, they have difficulty with peers, which can lead to behavior problems, withdrawal, and even anxiety and depression.

This workshop will provide the participant with multi-sensory play therapy techniques that can be used to teach these sensitive children social skills, understanding non-verbal cues, modulation of eye to eye gaze and personal space. Play therapy strategies will be learned to help these kids manage their anger and reduce anxiety, stand up to bullies and calm themselves down. Participants will also learn how to more accurately interpret acting out and self-stimulating behaviors, how to differentiate negative behaviors from self-regulation and cueing, and how to modify play therapy techniques and play therapy areas to make them more multi-sensory.

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Ticket Information:
$75.00 per person for professionals and students
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