- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Books

• "Play Therapy," by Virginia Mae Axeline, Random House, 1969. This simply written book was the first of its kind and is authored by one of the pioneers of play therapy philosophy.

• "101 Play Therapy Techniques," by Heidi G. Kadusen and Charles E. Schaefer, Jason Aronson Publishing, 1997. The directors of the Play Therapy Training Institute in New Jersey have plenty of tips and advice for parents who want to learn more about this field.

• "Children's Stories in Play Therapy," by Ann Cattanach, Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 1997. This book discusses how children use storytelling and their own stories in play therapy, and how parents can help make sense of them.

• "The Challenging Child," by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Addison, Wesley and Longman Inc., 1996. Dr. Greenspan, a child psychiatrist and author, outlines five different personality types in children and how parents can learn from them through watching them play.

• "Building Healthy Minds," by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Perseus Books, 1999. Dr. Greenspan has a chapter devoted solely to how parents can improve their "floor time" with their children, no matter what their personalities are.

Associations

• The Play Therapy Training Institute Inc., PO Box 1435, Hightstown, N.J. 08520. The institute holds seminars and workshops in play therapy and play-therapy certification.

On line

• Colorado play therapists Byron and Carol Norton have a Web site (www.playtherapy.com) with links to other helpful sites and a link to order their book, "Reaching Children Through Play Therapy: An Experiential Approach."

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