Efficacy of Play Therapy: What the Research Says:

The Efficacy of Play Therapy with Children: A Meta Analytic Review of Treatment Outcomes, Bratton et. al (2005).

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent Bonds, Ginsberg, (2006), American Academy of Pediatrics


Play Therapy

Play Therapy Works! (Video)
Explaining Play Therapy for Parents (Video)
Explaining Play Therapy for Children (Video)


Autism Spectrum Disorder

Center for Autism and Related Disorders – University of Florida
Autism Speaks – Family Resources
Autism Family Resources
Autism Family Online


Children’s Books

Children’s Book List – This is a list of children’s books organized by category and age group.

(Some examples of categories include: being a friend, accepting different kinds of friends,
happy feelings, sad feelings, angry feelings, worried feelings, caring about others, problem solving, self confidence, good behavior expectations, family relationships, bullying/teasing, grief/loss). – From Vanderbilt University

Anh’s Anger and *Steps and Stones by: Gail Silver are fantastic children’s books that normalize anger, externalize it and teach coping skills like breathing and walking away!



Helping Children Understand Divorce
Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents
Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids by Isolina Ricci
What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? by Kent Winchester and Roberta Beyer
Divorce Is Not The End of the World: Zoe and Evan’s Coping Guide by Zoe and Evan Stern
My Parents Are Divorced Too by Melanie Ford


Educational Resources

Protecting the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools Handbook
Playground Neuroscience: Connect and Redirect


Emotions and Self-Regulation

Teaching Your Child to Identify and Express Emotions
Dr. John and Julie Gottman Talk about Emotion Coaching (Video)



Love and Logic Parenting
Love and Logic: Free Handouts!
Beyond Consequences: Parenting for Traumatized and Adopted Children
Make Your Own Behavior Chart
Differences Between Praise and Encouragement
Empowering Parents


Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
Sensory Processing Challenges Symptom Checklist
The Developmental Hierarchy of Sensory Processing and Executive Function (Video)


Sexual Development

Understanding Sexual Behaviors of Young Children– from Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Understanding and Coping with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children– from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Step-Parents and Blended Families

The Smart Stepdad by Ron L. Deal*The Smart Stepmom by Ron L. Deal and Laura Petherbridge
Wisdom on Step-Parenting by Diana Weiss-Wisdom
Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Wednesday Martin
Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today’s
Blended Family by Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green
National Stepfamily Resource Center


Stress and Anxiety

Managing Stress and Anxiety
Top Ten Tips to Reduce Anxiety



Bonding and Attachment, Bruce Perry
Trauma, Brain and Relationships: Helping Children Heal – Documentary with Bryan Post, Phd and Bruce Perry, MD on trauma and attachment and brain chemistry.