Using play therapy techniques in a preschool setting

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Hargreaves, Hannah J.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
During the early educational years of preschool and kindergarten, children who may experience behavioural difficulties such as inattention, aggression, or lack of appropriate social skills can pose difficult challenges for early childhood educators and school counsellors. This project focuses on providing school counsellors with the opportunity to collaborate with educators in a school setting by attending a workshop which will help to ensure proper implementation of a proactive play therapy techniques manual within preschool and kindergarten classrooms in order to benefit all children. This program allows for learning and growth in four key areas: emotional expression, stress management, problem solving and social skills. It is hoped that through this final project, the gap between play therapy and early childhood education will begin to close.
play therapy , social-emotional development , early childhood education