by Reisa Schwartzman and Marni Segal
Reisa and special guest Marni take us back to the basics of why play is important, how it can be used in therapy, and what happens if people don’t play. Marni is an expressive arts therapist who specializes in play therapy.
Laddering up with play
by Patrick Matthews
Which comes first, interest or expertise? Is a Scrabble player good at spelling because she plays Scrabble, or is she good at playing Scrabble because she’s good at spelling? The truth is it doesn’t matter. There’s crazy power in the relationship between interest and expertise, and it’s time we started taking advantage of it.
Around the Web
The board game in the board room
Business in Scandinavia are turning to board games to give themselves a competitive advantage.
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Bringing peace to the cafeteria
Could board games be the secret to bringing peace to school room cafeterias? I sure hope so!
Remembering how to play
Feel like you or youf ramily may be getting to serious? This article in the guardian talks about how board games can not only bring families together but also keep them in touch with how to play.
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Preparing for a New Year!
As December draws to an end, this month’s articles take a fresh look at the value of play.
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