The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach – HPP 02
In an optimal environment, most children will experience a healthy developmental process and not exhibit signs of overwhelming distress and emotional imbalances. Unfortunately, parenting is not common sense as many people expect. In a world filled with many distractions, it’s quite easy to mis-attune to our children and have significant issues surface that need attention.
In this episode, we dive into the world of children and what can happen to their nervous system when their needs aren’t consistently met. Our guest, Lisa Dion, founder and CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and Synergetic Play therapy talks to us about authenticity and authentic expression as a Play Therapy clinicians, why your own “window of tolerance” matters more than your think, and instruction during play and when it undermines a child’s growth.
And we’re not just talking about Play Therapy here, even though it’s a very important application of this episode. This information applies to parents every where who are trying to learn the most effective ways to help their children grow in a healthy manner.
How to use signals in your own body to have an information exchange with the child [11:44]
The impact on the nervous system of Play Therapy versus Talk Therapy [13:00]
A brief history of Play Therapy [15:06]
Synergetic Play Therapy…addressing the lower brain stem and why it’s so healing for children [18:17]
Why Synergetic Play Therapists see so much transformation in their own lives [19:56]
A young child’s brain can’t tell the difference in play between real and imagined and why that matters [21:45]
When instruction is useful and how it can undermine teaching internal regulation to the child [30:05]
An amazing case example of overcoming aspects of autism through Synergetic Play Therapy [35:22]