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The Buried, Secret Lives Of Trees

The Buried, Secret Lives Of Trees | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ We know from our language that the body is deeply engaged in our understanding of the world. A joke is side-splitting. We get butterflies in our stomach. Our eyes pop with surprise. Our blood runs cold. But my guest today says humans have radically retreated from the wisdom of the body’s signals to a hegemony of the brain, the intellect. In many ways, sitting at keyboards and screens, we’ve abandoned, forgotten the embodied cognition in the work of hands and backs. Time to get it back, he says. This hour On Point: When the brain is not enough. Intelligence in the flesh. --Tom Ashbrook ”
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DNR advocating school forest land as classrooms

DNR advocating school forest land as classrooms | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to revitalize the school forest program.”
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See adorable photos of 7 'forest schools' from around the country.

See adorable photos of 7 'forest schools' from around the country. | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
The craze that started in Denmark is now making a big difference for kids in America.
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Building Empathy in Children: Lessons From Early Childhood Education

Building Empathy in Children: Lessons From Early Childhood Education | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
The “empathy gap” has been getting a deluge of attention recently, and with good reason. Just google “empathy” and you’ll quickly find that the ability to understand and share the feelings and perspectives of others is now widely considered a crucial 21st century competency. I

t’s also the foundation of global citizenship. Students might learn about other people and about world events, but without empathy, they won’t necessarily care what’s happening or choose to be agents of progress and change.It’s wonderful that SEL is now getting the attention it deserves for students of all ages, but early childhood educators have known about the importance of empathy for a very, very long time. Friedrich Fröbel, Rudolf Steiner, and Maria Montessori, among other luminaries of the 19th century, grounded early childhood education in the importance of nurturing the whole child.

By Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed.


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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

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“ 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

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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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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 ...

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Share Your Self ...

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


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Trusting Our Own Judgement | Forest School Canada

Trusting Our Own Judgement | Forest School Canada | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ I might have stepped in or interjected, but I held out, and I didn’t. I held back and he was able to own the whole experience, to think and try and decided and learn, and then to pass on this learning to his peers through their continued adventures. The learning in this instance was much deeper and richer. All because I was able to step back, to wait before speaking, and to trust this clearly competent and capable young boy.”
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What you learn at forest school

What you learn at forest school | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
“ At forest-school events children learn to make swings in trees, to use ropes to climb muddy slopes, and to be outdoors whatever the weather. “We say there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes,” says Kerry Walker, who runs a forest school for parents and toddlers at Brigit’s Garden, in Co Galway.”
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Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools

Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools | Early Childhood & Nature | Scoop.it
Becky Dickinson visits a Forest School and examines how the Scandinavian approach to education is spreading in the UK
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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

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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  

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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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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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