Control of anger has become an increasingly prominent issue in recent years. We see this lack of control acted out in school shootings and an increase in bullying in school (Sandhu, 2001). Many children struggle to express their emotion in healthy ways and without causing injury to other children. Play therapy can help children to work through their anger and find more appropriate ways to express the angry emotions that can lead to acting out (McGuire, 2001; Ogawa, 2004).
Grief and Loss
Children, like adults experience many losses ranging from death of a loved one or
family pet to relocating to a new town and losing secure connections; children react
in multifarious ways (Elliott & Place; 1998). Behaviors and symptoms include anger,
biting, withdrawal, prolonged sadness, despondency, lower grades in school and much
Divorce and Family Dissolution
When a family falls apart, whatever shape of from the family takes, children feel
the loss deeply (Kramer & Smith, 1998). When this loss goes unrecognized symptoms
can exacerbate. Symptoms match the child's developmental level and have a broad range
Crisis and Trauma
Children react to Trauma in a multitude of ways and the impact of trauma on the children
depends on many factors including resiliency levels and culture (Gil & Drewes, 2004;
Ogawa, 2004). Traumatic events can be individual to the child (such as witnessing
an animal being killed by an automobile), the entire family (the families home might
have been burglarized) and an entire community (the community may have been impacted
by a tornado). These events, while happening every day, have devastating effects
upon children, especially when they go unprocessed (Ayyash-
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