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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Theraplay



Theraplay : Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, by Ann M. Jernberg and Phyllis B. Booth.
Discusses a lively, engaging, playful treatment method that produces remarkable changes in the lives of children and their families in a short time. The methods addresses four major problems: inadequate structure in daily experience; too little personal engagement; insufficient empathic, nurturing touch; and failure to provide the right kinds of challenge. It also presents strategies for treatment and specific applications of the method. 464 pages.

"Booth has made explicit the reality of attachment-based play' that is Theraplay. She has gone further than the first edition in integrating parents into the treatment. ... By giving parents the skills to take the interventions home, she enables Theraplay to be a much more effective brief therapy method." (Daniel A. Hughes, author, Facilitating Developmental Attachment)

"Helping to create, restructure, or restore a child-parent relationship is an awesome task and a sacred trust. The Theraplay method provides a structure for working with both children and their caregivers to develop robust, wholesome relationships." (Beverly James, author, Treating Traumatized Children and Handbook for Treatment of Attachment-Trauma Problems)



Theraplay: Innovations in Attachment-Enhancing Play Therapy, by Evangeline Munns.
Munns introduces a form of structured play therapy designed to strengthen the attachment between parents and their child. Applicable to children of all ages with a wide range of emotional, social, and behavioral problems, it is a short term and cost effective modality that emphasizes enhanced self-esteem, trust, and confidence. Topics include introduction and background, innovations in family Theraplay, working with multifamilies, and group Theraplay. 388 pages.

In revising the RadKid.Org site, we renamed this section from ?Play Therapy? to ?Theraplay? in order to separate traditional play therapy from that which has been found to be helpful in the treatment of attachment disorders.

In doing so, we have also eliminated most of the books that we had formerly recommended, as we do not know them to be specific to attachment therapy. Our goal is not to sell books, but to help you to find resources that will help you to help your children.

Note: When available, and when money is an object, please consider purchasing a used book rather than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as much of a commission on the sale of used books, the difference in cost to you is worth considering. With the money you've saved, go out and buy yourself something. -- ken

Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009


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