Emotional regulation of children who have experienced grief and loss is a key skill for
play therapists to explore. This workshop will incorporate an overview of brain development to better understand
how to reach a child who is grieving. Breathwork, Brain Gym activities, energy exercises and even a
demonstration of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback will make sure that each participant has new activities and ideas for emotional regulation to add to their toolbox when they return to their play/therapy rooms.
Outcomes: Participants will….
at least six types of grief and loss experiences which children will be
impacted by in today’s world.
at least four ways that that Play Therapy creates safety and opens
communication of feelings for children who have experienced grief and loss.
three distinct categories of children who will present for play therapy and how
their early growth and development will impact their responses to grief and
the three parts of the brain described in the Triune Brain Theory and share how
these parts grow and develop in babies and young children.
how movement activities like Brain Gym and breathing exercises help children to
regain emotional regulation of their CNS.
describe how NeurOptimal Neurofeedback communicates with the CNS to make it
more flexible and resilient thus helping children deal with grief and loss.
Biography: Jan Yordy MEd, MSW, CPT, EMDR
Yordy is an educator who specialized in working with children and families for
over 29 years. Over time she also worked with adolescents and adults focusing
on how to heal trauma with a variety of therapeutic techniques. She holds a Master of Education, a Master of
Social Work, and is a Certified Play Therapist.
Her passion to understand the brain and how to heal it led her to become
a Brain Gym Instructor, certified EMDR Therapist, utilize many Energy
Psychology techniques and to become a NeurOptimal
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