What a Super Bowl commercial taught us about how kids communicate
Monday, February 10, 2014
Listen up: Andrew’s Got Something to Say!
Did you see this commercial about Andrew? It is Super Bowl Sunday quality in its humor while also revealing an important message about the nature of children and how they communicate.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in my early years as a counselor and family therapist, I was unsure of ways that I could help to give children a “voice.” I desired to understand and to hear them, but I was not using their language. I expected them to “rise up to the occasion” like Andrew, and tell me in words what troubled them, which is funny given that I even find it hard to express in words things that trouble me even as an adult! Learning about play therapy has helped me tremendously in being able to use play as a shared language to encourage understanding and connection between myself, young children, and their families. If you’d like to like to develop your own ability to use the language of play, come join us on Friday, April 11, at JBU’s Family Therapy Conference where we will talk about how mental health professionals can engage children and families therapeutically through the use of play-based methods in the workshop: “Family Play as an X-Ray: Revealing and Healing Broken Bonds.”
Nick Cornett, PhD, LMFT, LPC, Registered Play Therapist is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Counseling program at JBU. For more information on the Family Therapy Conference, click here.