Play Materials and Play Room Choices

Play Materials and Play Room Choices

• Play Materials and Play Room Choices
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For this discussion, select play materials that adhere to non-directive practices for a specific type of play therapy space while also considering such for the specific play therapy approach you have studied this term. A focus of this live session discussion will be to explore how particular therapeutic approaches impact the choices of play materials and arrangement or design of a play therapy treatment room.
Please respond to the following providing a consideration of the differences in materials and play space choices for an Axlinian non-directive play therapy model versus that which you studied (if you studied the Axlinian or CCPT approach, please contrast with one of the more directive play therapies):
• Provide rationale for the decisions about play room space and organization for your specific play therapy context versus the other. Make note of some of the specific aspects of the two approaches considered that led to the similarities and differences regarding play room space and organization.
• Provide rationale for the materials you chose to include and exclude in your specific play therapy context versus the other. Include in your post the list of selected play materials for the play room that fits the play therapy approach you studied this term. Make note of some of the specific aspects of the two approaches considered that led to the similarities and differences regarding the materials you chose to have in the room.
• Describe the type of client who might be a particularly good match for the room you have designed relative to the play therapy approach you studied this term.
• How has this exercise influenced your ideas about play therapy and what is involved in being an effective play therapist?
Description of the play therapy room:
• An inviting space, color of room should be inviting but no pastels (“baby colors”)
• A comfortable place to sit
• Low child-size shelves
• Toys are organized and in good condition
• The room is not over-stimulating or under-stimulating
Please select the play materials you would like to use in your play therapy space. Feedback on your choice will appear in the bar at the bottom of the window.
Family/Relational
• Doll Family
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Dollhouse and Furniture
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Porcelain Doll
This is not an appropriate item in any setting as it can break easily.
• Puppet Family/Animals
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Baby Doll
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Dolls with a range of ethnicities
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT. A range of ethnicities should be represented, especially the local ethnicity where the therapy will occur.
• Stuffed or Plush Toy
This is not an appropriate item in any setting as it may unduly spread germs.
• Baby Bottle
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Water Bowl
Great choice as long as it is not breakable.
• Dishes/Cookware
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Small Broom
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT where it is not needed or can be optional.
• Play Doctor’s Kit
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Play Money
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Schoolhouse Set
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Blanket
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Play Food
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Construction Toys
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Puppet Theatre
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Plastic Telephones
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Magic Wand
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Small Round Carpet
Most appropriate for filial family therapy (FFT) because it is used to designate a play therapy area. Some parents have a special carpet they bring out for the play session.
• The Ungame
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• The Talking, Feeling, & Doing Game
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Monopoly
This is not an appropriate choice for any setting. Games like this are too complicated for both the time constraints for therapy and the intentions for play therapy.
• Chutes and Ladders
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Uno
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Sponge Bob Square Pants
This is a popular media piece and not used as a play material in play therapy. We want to promote creative child-inspired play and have them display authentic and true feelings. We don’t want to see children replicating what they see on TV, movies, or in popular media.
• Dora the Explorer Doll
This is a popular media piece and not used as a play material in play therapy. We want to promote creative child-inspired play and have them display authentic and true feelings. We don’t want to see children replicating what they see on TV, movies, or in popular media.
• Power Rangers Figurines
This is a popular media piece and not used as a play material in play therapy. We want to promote creative child-inspired play and have them display authentic and true feelings. We don’t want to see children replicating what they see on TV, movies, or in popular media.
• Barney
This is not the best choice for a play therapy material, no matter how endearing he is. We want our children to be inspired by their own authentic and true feelings. Good for psychoeducation in a school.
• Hand-held video game
This is a popular media piece and not used as a play material in play therapy. We want to promote creative child-inspired play and have them display authentic and true feelings. We don’t want to see children replicating what they see on TV, movies, or in popular media.
Aggression
• Bop Bag
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but not in FFT.
• Plastic Figures/Dinosaurs
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• 6 to 10-foot Rope
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Aggression Bats
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Bendable Rubber Knife
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Plastic Gun
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Army Men (set)
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
Expressive Media
• Crayons/Cray-pas/Markers/Chalk
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Play-Doh/Modeling Clay
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Earth-Based Clay
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings and is the preferred type of clay to use as it is not made from synthetic material.
• Sandtray
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Sandtray with Miniatures
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings. It is best that a full range of religions are represented in the play materials.
• Blackboard/Chalk
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but in size is a consideration in FFT.
• Mirror
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Masking Tape
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Masks
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Magazine Pictures/Glue
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Colored Tissue Paper
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Scissors
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• Painting Easel
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but FFT.
• Drawing/Paper
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings.
• 500 Piece Puzzle
This is not an appropriate item in any setting as it has too many pieces and cause frustration for the child.
• Drums
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Harmonica
This is not an appropriate choice as it may unduly spread germs.
• Shakers
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Simple Sound Making Items
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Simple Music Instruments
Great choice! This is appropriate for all settings but size is a consideration in FFT.
• Use your A Practical Handbook for Building the Play Therapy Relationship text to complete the following:
• Read Chapter 13, “Case Study: School Behavioral Issue,” pages 119–129.
Use Capella University Library to complete the following:
• Read Baggerly and Jenkins’ 2009 article, “The Effectiveness of Child-centered Play Therapy on Developmental and Diagnostic Factors in Children who are Homeless,” from International Journal of Play Therapy, volume 18, issue 1, pages 45–55.
• Read Drisko’s 2009 article, “Cultural issues in Play Therapy,” from Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, volume 26, issue 5, pages 481–483.
• Read Landreth, Ray, and Bratton’s 2009 article, “Play Therapy in Elementary Schools,” from Psychology in the Schools, volume 46, issue 3, pages 281–289.
• Badenoch, B. (2008). Being a brain-wise therapist: A practical guide to interpersonal neurobiology. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 9780393705546.
Giordano, M. A., Landreth, G., & Jones, L. (2005). A practical handbook for building the play therapy relationship. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 9780765701114.
O’Connor, K. J., & Braverman, L. D. (2009). Play therapy theory and practice: Comparing theories and techniques (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN: 9780470122365.

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