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We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education

We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
Instead of pumping time and money into exams, we should focus on wellbeing and encouraging children to connect with the natural world
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RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World

RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
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An Introduction to Play Therapy

An Introduction to Play Therapy | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
This article is based upon material presented at the 2001 Kingston Summer Play Therapy Institute by Dr Mark Barnes IBECPT CPT-P. Now retired, Mark has done more than anyone else in recent years to promote the cause of play therapy throughout the world and to raise the standards of training and education in play therapy. PTUK is privileged to be associated with his work. His views on the Directive v Non-Directive approaches are especially thought provoking.

First Principles
Historical Background
Pioneers/Relationship Theories
Client Centred Approach
Recent Influences
Axline's Basic Rules
Directive v Non-Directive...
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» 3 Play Therapy Tips for Working with the Quiet Child - Reflections from a Children's Therapist

» 3 Play Therapy Tips for Working with the Quiet Child - Reflections from a Children's Therapist | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Play therapy is an approach to therapy that allows children to express themselves, heal from hurts, and experience personal growth through the medium of toys”
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The Benefits of Play and Play Therapy for Children with Special Needs

The Benefits of Play and Play Therapy for Children with Special Needs | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

Children are the most beautiful gifts to parents in this universe. Every parent wishes their children a healthy and happy life. Some children don’t behave normally because they are actually the victims of some physical or mental disorder right from the birth.


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Play Therapy - Good for Children Emotional Development

Play Therapy - Good for Children Emotional Development | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

Play Therapy is the most important tool for emotional development in Children. Many psychotherapists feel that the element of ‘play’ is a good connected to happiness in human beings.


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Sandtray and play Therapy Blog  

Sandtray and play Therapy Blog   | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

Here's an activity that rocks!


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Understanding Play Therapy: Solving Problems Through Play | by Dr. Joe Accardi

Understanding Play Therapy: Solving Problems Through Play | by Dr. Joe Accardi | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Children are often poor at verbalizing what is bothering them; parents and guardians are left to understand their children by observing them and waiting for issues to become evident in their behavior.”
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Title 1: Play, creativity & imagination: using H Scientific knowledge to help solve children's problems.

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Lego Play Therapy Benefits Children with Autism - Autism Daily Newscast

Lego Play Therapy Benefits Children with Autism - Autism Daily Newscast | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Autism Daily Newscast Lego Play Therapy Benefits Children with Autism Autism Daily Newscast Practitioners and parents have discovered that the use of LEGOs during play therapy groups for children with autism leads to improved social skills and play...”
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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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The forest school revolution: leaves, logs and life skills

The forest school revolution: leaves, logs and life skills | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
Outdoor learning is challenging traditional education root and branch, by teaching children self-esteem, team work and how to value nature
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Cassie Holland on Twitter

Cassie Holland on Twitter | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
Our new self resourcing sheds in the outdoor environment! #earlyyears #EYTalking pic.twitter.com/m0WTyghjN7
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Connecting Young Children With Nature | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC TYC | Teaching Young Children Magazine

Connecting Young Children With Nature | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC TYC | Teaching Young Children Magazine | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
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Art in Early Childhood Education: Balance

Art in Early Childhood Education: Balance | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“Balance. A key word in inspired teaching. Natural artistic expressions. Expanding upon invitations. Long-Term Projects. Space and enough time to wake up children's creative senses. Provocations. Invitations.”
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Is Your Mind Full Or Are You Mindful?

Is Your Mind Full Or Are You Mindful? | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

Does it ever feel like there are hundreds of thoughts swirling around inside your head? If so, you know how hard it can be to focus on one activity, thought or feeling when your mind is full. Mindfulness, the practice of present-moment awareness, can help us learn to be more attentive. 

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Play Therapy Course

Play Therapy Course | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Play Therapy courses are a form of counseling course that enables the child and the parent tPlay Therapy courses are a form of counseling course that enables the child and the parent to realize the power of play and effectiveness of using toys in helping children deal with stress and disorders.”
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Learn all about one of the new innovative forms of child counseling, Play Therapy! #playtherapy http://owl.li/uL4ZT

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Studio 5 - At-Home Play Therapy

Studio 5 - At-Home Play Therapy | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

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Jacqueline Silva's curator insight, March 28, 2015 6:58 PM

Reflective listening.  A play therapy technique parents can use at home.

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Play therapy techniques every parent can use at home.

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Play Therapy – Useful Treatment for Child to Overcome Depression

Play Therapy – Useful Treatment for Child to Overcome Depression | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

Depression is a universal issue and Canada is not lagging behind either. Many medicines are available in the market for depression, but they are not a proper solution. The best treatment for depression is psychotherapy. In Toronto many psychotherapy centers are available who offer therapy and counseling services, which help people overcome depression and live a normal life.


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The 2014 Louise and Bernard Guerney Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Play and Play Therapy

The 2014 Louise and Bernard Guerney Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Play and Play Therapy | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ On June 20, 2014 I was awarded The 2014 Louise and Bern…”
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Play therapy register safeguards children | UK | News | Daily Express

Play therapy register safeguards children | UK | News | Daily Express | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ VULNERABLE children are better protected than ever thanks to the first Government-approved register of play therapists, say experts.”
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Jacqueline Silva's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:07 AM

Ensure that you are using a practioner who is on the register!

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Book Club Picks - Group Filial Therapy: The Complete Guide to Teaching Parents to Play Therapeutically With Their Children

Book Club Picks - Group Filial Therapy: The Complete Guide to Teaching Parents to Play Therapeutically With Their Children | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

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Being Mindful of ‘Kindfull’ Play: Empathy-Building Play Therapy

Being Mindful of ‘Kindfull’ Play: Empathy-Building Play Therapy | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it

It is not a surprise that we have heard much stirring in the last several years about the importance of empathy and its role in everything from attachment, to neural development, to world positivity. There is an empathy shortage in the world, and we are seeing the far-reaching effects.

Bullying. Violence. Insensitivity. Selfishness. In practice, we often see the damage done with children who are traumatized because of early life experiences characterized by a lack of empathy. Abuse, neglect, emotional bankruptcy, painful attachments and a violation of trust all contribute to a child’s ability or disruption in naturally cultivating this inherent trait....

(Steps to teach empathy)

Modeling ...

Sensory words and Practices...

Dolls, Puppets and Faces!...

Bibliotherapy...

Nature Niceness ...

Caregiver Compassion ...

Share Your Self ...

By Cherie L. Spehar, MSW, LCSW, CTS, Play Therapy


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Why children need nature - Virgin.com

Why children need nature - Virgin.com | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
These early experiences with nature really helped shape my personality and thirst for exploration. They were also where I made some friends for life. When our children were growing up, Joan and I tried to give Holly and Sam as much exposure to nature and adventure too. I’m sure they will do the sa...
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"Why Waldorf?" - film - YouTube

"Why Waldorf?" - a new film about Waldorf education and Marin Waldorf School. For more information, please visit www.marinwaldorf.org.
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Study links camping to happy, healthy children

Study links camping to happy, healthy children | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.

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