It can be said that “the most unlovable child is the child who needs the most love” – a statement which will ring true to most early years and primary school teachers, who often find themselves in the position of having to teach some children who seem unable or unwilling to learn. The most important adult in a child’s life is typically his or her parent, the second most important is usually that child’s teacher. Children will spend 30 hours per week under the care of their primary school teacher – how can a teacher manage to give appropriate time to all their charges, when there are those children who seem to have an insatiable need for constant negative attention?
This workshop is designed to provide with teachers with tools to support those children who are most demanding, without the need for punitive ‘behaviour management’ approaches which can leave both the children and the teacher feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
This practical two-day training will give participants the opportunity to experience, role-play and talk through play therapy techniques which will empower teachers to welcome children and their difficulties and provide a safe and happier classroom experience for all.
The symbolic use of toys
What is play therapy?
The play therapy toolkit
Introducing The Axline Principles
The development of the brain and why this impacts the children in your classroom.
How to identify children with attachment issues
Why teachers matter so much
The importance of play
Stages of play
“Work”, “directed play” or “free play”
Play therapy demonstration
How to let a child know you are on their team
Focusing on the child
Setting limits without sacrificing the relationship
Looking at the school day
Praising the right way
Bringing it all together
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