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Sensory Play Therapy Interventions for Regulation

 

     Clients often come to us because parents have concerns about their anxiety or anger outbursts.  Dr. Bruce Perry shares the importance of regulating the brainstem (autonomic body responses) prior to any mid-brain (relating or attachment) or cortical (top brain,higher-order reasoning) interventions are done.  These play therapy interventions are fun ways to help the child have control over their emotions and learn that they can shift their brain when they find the sensory activity that helps them feel calm.  Play therapists can also use the activities to help parents connect with their children and learn about the importance of regulation first.