Communicating with children using play and the creative arts techniques

Nicola Birdsey, Lisa Waycott

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding


Participants will be introduced to various skills in working with children through the use of play and creative arts techniques. This will include the use of therapeutic and play based techniques including Sandplay, Sensory play and Projective play. Attendees will experience techniques which are used to assess, engage and communicate with children in a playful manner to promote emotional wellbeing. This presentation will be relevant to a broad range of practitioners (including therapeutic play specialists, play workers, education, health, social workers, youth workers, voluntary sector and academics within the field of play and therapy) with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic value of play. Attendees will gain an understanding of the following: (i) How to engage children and young people in therapeutic play, (ii) Explore how attendees can use therapeutic techniques in assessments of children, (iii) Help attendees experience different ways of working with children through the use of play and the creative arts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Play Association World Conference, Cardiff
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


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