Learning Together Through Play
“Toys are children’s words and play is their language.”
— Garry Landreth
PlayAbility, LLC is built on the belief that play is the foundation of childhood and beyond. Play is known to help with cognitive development, problem solving abilities, social skills, coordination, creativity, emotional regulation, and more. From establishing healthy minds to tackling problems life throws their way, play is essential for kids – and for adults too! PlayAbility’s mission is to help you take this essential skill of play and apply it to your family’s circumstances and needs. Healthy kids and healthy families are built through playing together!
Play is Learning
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is learning.”
— Mr. Rogers
Too often, society expects children to be mini-adults – talking, thinking, reasoning, and expressing like adults. When they get silly or “distracted” it seems they must not be taking things seriously. In fact, children aren’t developmentally capable of being mini-adults, and it is a disservice to them to try to make them fit this mold. Instead, play meets them where they are developmentally and gives them voice to explore their thoughts, express feelings, make new connections, build relationships, and so much more. Play is important because it’s fun – and play is important because that is how children relate to the world, make sense of their experiences, and build connections.
What is Attachment Anyway?
“Our children need to know that they are precious in the sunshine and in the rain.”
— Dr. Karyn Purvis
Attachment is the way we relate to others around us, both in healthy and unhealthy ways. In healthy attachment, the primary caregivers (usually the parents) serve as a secure base for the child. The child goes out to explore the world, becomes anxious, and returns to the caregivers to seek reassurance – and then the cycle begins again! There are many things that can cause changes to this cycle and attachment relationships – abuse, neglect, trauma, stressful pregnancy, difficult birth, and early medical intervention to name a few. When attachment is damaged, children’s brains wire around these experiences and they often exhibit difficult behaviors.
Goals of Attachment Therapy
Help both the parent and the child learn to be safe and healthy in relationship with one another.To see past behaviors and wounds that make attachment difficult to the true child beneath the behavior.To help the parent and child learn to enjoy one another so that the healthy attachment cycle can work properly.
Social Skills Groups – for children on the Autism spectrum, with anxiety, ADHD, and other social challengesMarshak Interaction Method – for attachment assessmentAdult Attachment Therapy – for parents and/or adults with childhood attachment traumaManaging Aggressive Behaviors trainingSchool observations and consultations
LMFT, LPC, Registered Play Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Registered Play Therapist. I hold a Masters’ degree from John Brown University. I love working with families to help both parents and children learn through play. I specialize in attachment therapy, with advanced training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention and Theraplay. I also have extensive training in many other play therapy techniques, including non-directive play therapy, sand tray, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more.
I am married to Corey and we have two boys, Gabe, and Jax. When I’m not at work, I spend my days enjoying time with my boys.
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