Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Models, Programs, and Practice

I: FoundationsConceptualizing Infant Play Therapy in the Context of Infant Mental HealthThe Need for Infant Mental Health: Infants and TraumaEarly Intervention—the Key to Healing Early Trauma ExperiencesInfant Play Therapy in ContextCommon Types of Young Children’s PlayThe Infant Mental Health LandscapeThe Shapers of the Field of Infant Mental HealthWAIMH—the Rights of InfantsMulti-cultural and Diversity ConsiderationsSummaryReferencesThe Impact of Play on the Developing Social Brain: New Insights from the Neurobiology of TouchIntroductionBackground and DefinitionsThe Adaptive Nature of PlayThe Purpose of Play - Why is it Fun?Play and ParentsProblems with Attachment TheoryThe Role of Touch in the Genesis of “Attachment”The Somatosensory Control of PlayThe Neuroanatomy of Play: The Brain’s Play NetworksThe Neurochemistry of PlayConclusionReferencesNeurosensory Play in the Infant–Parent Dyad: A Developmental PerspectivePreborn Neurosensory DevelopmentPreborn InfantsPreborn TraumaPrenatal and Neonatal Play InterventionsNewborn Neurosensory Development: Birth to Three MonthsNewborn TraumaNewborn Neurosensory Play InterventionsInfant Neurosensory Development: Four to Six MonthsInfant TraumaInfant Neurosensory Play Interventions: Four to Six MonthsInfant Neurosensory Play Interaction MismatchInfant Neurosensory Play Interventions: Seven to Nine MonthsInfant Neurosensory Play Interventions: Ten to Twelve MonthsSummaryReferencesII: Assessment with Young ChildrenPlay Ability: Observing, Engaging, and Sequencing Play Skills for Very Young ChildrenIntroductionEarly Play DevelopmentAssessing Pretend Play AbilityParent Learn to Play ProgramTheoretical UnderpinningsParent Learn to Play Program - Information SessionParent Learn to Play Program - Small GroupsParent Learn to Play Program - IndividualPrinciples and Processes of Individualized SessionsAssessmentBrief Description of Setting for TherapyTreatment PlanAttention to the Stages of TherapyPost-assessmentCase SummaryClinical ConsiderationsConclusionRecommended ResourcesReferencesTrauma-Informed Infant Mental Health AssessmentIntroductionTrauma-Informed Assessment in Infant Mental HealthSafety and TrustChoice and CollaborationTrauma Screening and AssessmentEmpowermentThe Case of ThomasBackground InformationPresenting ProblemAssessmentCase SummaryImplications and RecommendationsReferencesIII: New and Adapted Theoretical Approaches and Models to Infant Play TherapyFirstPlay® Therapy Strengthens the Attachment Relationship Between a Mother with Perinatal Depression and Her InfantFirstPlay® Infant Story-MassageDevelopmental Play TherapyAttachment TheoryFilial Therapy—Parents as “Change Agent”Ericksonian-Based Storytelling and StoryPlay®Interpersonal NeuroscienceTouch and Infant MassageMindfulnessFacilitating Attunement and Attachment in FirstPlay®Perinatal mental healthCase Study: Susana and Infant Karla, age 4 monthsSummaryReferencesInfant Filial Therapy - From Conception to Early YearsInfant Filial Therapy – From Conception to Early Years: Clinical Considerations for Working with Whole Family SystemsIntroductionFilial TherapyNeuro-bio-psycho-social ApproachSystemic PracticeCase StudyClinical ConsiderationsPlanning with ParentsTransferring and Integrating Skills into Family LifeConclusionRecommended ResourcesReferencesIntervening with Theraplay with a 13-Month-Old Diagnosed with Medical ComplicationsIntroduction to Theraplay History and Theoretical BackgroundCurrent Theraplay ResearchMIM AssessmentTheraplay DimensionsTheraplay in ActionCase Study. Asher: Theraplay with a 12-Month-Old Infant with Medical ComplicationsReferencesIV: Programmatic Infant Play and Play-Based Interventions with Infant and Toddler PopulationsBaby Doll Circle Time: Strengthening Attunement, Attachment and Social PlayDIR®/FloortimeTM: A Developmental/Relational Play Therapy Model in the Treatment of Infants and Toddlers Exhibiting the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum DisorderI Individual, Underlying, Neurological Processing DifferencesThe Floortime™ ModelFollowing the Child’s LeadCase Vignette: Rebecca’s StoryReferencesReflections of Love in the TEACUP Preemie Program®: Strengthening the Attachment Relationship through FirstPlay® Infant Story-MassageIntroductionEpidemiology of Preterm BirthEmotional Impact of NICU and Attachment RiskReclaiming AttachmentFirstPlay® TherapySynthesis: FirstPlay® and TEACUP Preemie Program®Case VignettesClosing CommentsReferencesV: Evidence-Based Infant Mental Health Models that Utilize Play Therapy PracticesUsing the Healing Power of Relationships to Support Change in Young Children Exposed to Trauma: Application of the Child– Parent Psychotherapy ModelIntroductionOverview of Child-Parent PsychotherapyAssessment and Engagement PhaseIntervention and Termination PhaseCase of ArielClosing CommentReferencesIncorporating Play into Child–Parent Psychotherapy as an Intervention with Infants Exposed to Domestic ViolenceIntroductionEarly Childhood TraumaChild-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)Benefits of Parent-Infant Play in Infant DevelopmentThe Utilization of Play in CPPDomestic Violence in Early ChildhoodThe Case of BriannaClosing CommentsReferencesTrust-Based Relational Intervention with a Two-Year-Old: An Adoption CaseIntroductionTrust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)Clinical Case Example and TBRI Interventions in Play Therapy with a Young ChildConclusionReferencesVI: Applications to Specific Populations in Infant Play TherapyChildren Born Opioid-Addicted: Symptoms, Attachment and Play TreatmentNeonatal Abstinence SyndromeSigns and SymptomsHospital Stay and TreatmentDiagnostic TestingPharmacologic Treatments for NASComplex Trauma and Impact of CortisolAttachmentLong Range Impact of NASNon-pharmacological TreatmentsThe Healing Power of TouchObtaining Parental Attachment HistoriesSymptoms in Preschoolers and School-Age Children and Treatment OptionsSummaryReferencesHope After the Storm: Addressing the Impact of Perinatal grief on Attachment with Rainbow Babies Through an Embodied Grief ProcessImpacts of Pregnancy LossMaternal Attachment After Perinatal LossTreatmentCase IllustrationSummaryReferencesHealing Reactive Attachment Disorder with Young Children Through FirstPlay® Kinesthetic StorytellingFirstPlay® Kinesthetic (Multi-sensory) Storytelling FoundationsFirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent-Child ManualFirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Guiding PrinciplesReactive Attachment DisorderTreatmentThe Case of HarperReferences
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