Handling Emotions Through Play: Nature's answer to a messy problem
Dr. Gordon Neufeld has transformed the lives of countless children, parents, and professionals through his revolutionary yet scientific approach to attachment, development, and commonly faced childhood problems. In his latest work, Dr. Neufeld looks at how a partnership between emotion and play in everyday life can foster mental and emotional health.
Neuroscience has shown that emotions are fundamental to healthy development and to making sense of human nature. Emotions can also be intense, noisy, messy, and chaotic, and are at the root of most problem behaviours of both adults and children. How can we reconcile these conflicting aspects while supporting the children in our care to reach their full potential as emotionally healthy human beings? Nature has a surprising answer, freely available to anyone. Play, the instinctive activity of all young mammals, holds the key to keeping emotions within a safe boundary while supporting growth.
Play, specifically the type of play that leads to health, is being crowded out of the daily lives of children (and adults). At the same time, difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and aggression are on the rise. Dr. Neufeld, known for his ground-breaking work on bullying, explains how true play can help with troublesome emotions.
Dr. Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and opening doors to change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. He is a father of five and a grandfather of six.
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