The World of Play

"Who will help the children? And how can children be helped if they are not understood? Someone must step forward and begin the process of awakening the Christian community to the unique needs of children and the dynamics of the way they communicate those needs through play. Children are persons created by God." - Forward from the book Counseling Children Through the World of Play by Daniel S. Sweeney

If you work with children I highly recommend reading this book.  You may not be counseling but if you work with children every moment you spend with them is a counseling session.  I am in the process of reading this book and it has not only helped me with the two girls I am counseling but, also, with my students in the classroom.  So often we forget what it was like to be a child.

"Children are the most wholesome part of the race, the sweetest, for they are freshest from the hand of God."

"Children grow and develop where they feel safe."

"To help them is to understand them. To understand them is to enter into their world."

"It is because children yearn to be heard that they sometimes make themselves "heard" through inappropriate and even obnoxious behavior."

"The natural medium of communication for adults is verbalization, but for children it is play."

"Children need play to develop physically, emotionally, socially, and even spiritually.

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