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Hello everyone- I just want to take a moment to truly thank you all.  I so appreciate your connection and support as we continue this journey together.  

This week's mailout is a little different for me.  With all that has been going on for the last several months, there is no doubt that mental health has been significantly impacted for both parents and children.  For those of you receiving this, I know you are already connected to me in some way, either I am or have worked with you or your child, or we are connected by the work we do.  This week I have a favour.  I ask each of you reading this to think about those you know; maybe family, friends, neighbours or coworkers. 
As you think of the different people in your life wonder about how they are coping, are there struggles or a need for support that we could help with?  If any names come to your mind of children, teens, parents or even couples please share this e-mail with them.  The intent with these "periodicals" is to offer connection and support that can be shared with anyone who may benefit in any way, big or small. 
Thank you.  Julia
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Why I use the Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire
In this video, I talk about Goodman's SDQ assessment tool which is often used as a diagnostic tool. As a play therapist I do not diagnose but rather use this tool to assess the level of risk, and to track progress as children work through their challenges in play.  If you would like more information about the SDQ or play therapy in general, please email julia@talkndplay.ca
How many play therapy sessions will my Child need?
Talking further about the SDQ assessment and discussing how the research on Play Therapy informs how many sessions are ideal. The video includes the parent's role in this decision as well as how we plan for closure. If you would like more information about the SDQ or play therapy in general, please email julia@talkndplay.ca
Another video from my friend Emerald  
Emerald has a trick for us! You know what it’s like when our thoughts and feelings are all over the place, right? It sometimes might feel like rushing waters, going in all directions inside of our heads! It feels good to calm our thoughts, be still, and relax a little. If so, Emerald has a great way to do this! Join her as she brings in mindfulness and observation to calm the rushing waters inside our heads. Emerald is Kintent’s gentle clown, helping our children develop emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and peace. Thanks for the support, Emerald - you’re making parenting just a little bit easier!
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Well, that's it for this week.
You can find past issues of the Talk & Play Periodicle on our website under "resources".
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