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Parenting with Theraplay®

Parenting with Theraplay®

Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child

Vivien Norris and Helen Rodwell, Forewords by Phyllis Booth and Dafna Lender, illustrated by Miranda Smith

Quick Overview

Theraplay® is an attachment-focused model that allows parents to build confidence in their abilities and strengthen their relationship with their child. This book provides an overview of Theraplay based ideas that can be used directly by parents. Illustrative case examples detail these ideas in action.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 7.72in x 5.12in / 196mm x 130mm, 208pp
ISBN: 9781785922091
2017, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-489-2
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Theraplay® is an attachment-focused model of parenting that helps parents to understand and relate to their child. Based on a sequence of play activities that are rooted in neuroscience, Theraplay offers a fun and easy way for parents and children to connect. Theraplay is particularly effective with looked after and adopted children.

By providing an overview of Theraplay and the psychological principles that it is based on, parents and carers will gain an understanding of the basic theory of the model along with practical ideas for applying Theraplay to everyday family life. Through everyday case studies and easy language, parents will gain confidence and learn new skills for emotional bonding, empathy, and acceptance in the relationship with their child.


'Viv and Helen clearly bring the tried and tested Theraplay principles to parenting. This book gives many ideas and clear structure to help all parents provide an emotionally rich and connected parenting environment.'
- Kim Golding, consultant clinical psychologist and author of Everyday Parenting with Security and Love

'When family life has become a struggle, this book can show exhausted, demoralised parents the way back to having fun together, while repairing damage and building trust in their wounded child in the process.'
- Ann Bell, Director Wales/Cyfarwyddwr Cymru, Adoption UK

'Understanding and bringing to life the many ideas contained in this book will be of great value to us and to our children.'
- Daniel Hughes, Ph.D. Founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

'This is a tranquil book where the reader is led by the hand and yet the practical ideas and accessible knowledge gifted to the reader, light up the brain like a Christmas tree.'
- Veronica Read, Group Analyst and Educational Consultant and author of Developing Attachment in Early Years Settings and Building Positive Relationships with the Parents of Young Children

'Written in a helpful, kind and practical way that doesn't make you feel as though you need to be a super-parent 24/7. As the authors say, Theraplay is about giving hope and increasing joy and their book does that with bubbles, feathers and face paints on.'
- Sally Donovan, author of The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting and Billy Bramble and The Great Big Cook Off


Foreword by: Phyllis Booth, Dafna Lender
Illustrated by: Miranda Smith