Play Therapy with Highly Sensitive Children

March 18, 2024. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time. 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time.

Date/ Time:

March 18, 2024

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Online- Live Webinar


Highly sensitive children may face unique challenges in their daily lives. They may be more prone to anxiety and stress, as they are more sensitive to the world around them. Simple tasks such as transitioning between activities or meeting new people can be overwhelming for them. Additionally, highly sensitive children may struggle with criticism or negative feedback, as they take it to heart more deeply. Another trait of highly sensitive children is their deep emotional awareness and empathy. They are often more in tune with the emotions of others, which can make them excellent listeners and compassionate friends. However, this emotional awareness can also make them more susceptible to feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions, both their own and those of others. This workshop will review the characteristics of highly sensitive children and review how play therapy can help the child develop more resilience, hold on to the positive, and fight off the negative stimuli.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. List three positive traits of highly sensitive children
  2. Describe three needs of highly sensitive children and how play therapy approaches them
  3. Compare and contrast the co-morbid disorders that can interfere with play therapy

Your Instructor

Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems.

Dr. Kaduson uses Play Therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition, Prescriptive Play Therapy: Tailoring Interventions for Specific Childhood Problems, Play Therapy Across the Lifespan, Play Therapy with Children: Modalities for Change, as well as Play Therapy for Siblings (in press). Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and Play Therapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

CE Information:

The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

To be eligible for the Live Webinar Non-Contact CE, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact us at [email protected]. You will receive a response within 24 hours

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