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Communicating Without Words: Sand Tray in Therapy

A child with a history of neglect comes to the therapist’s office and will not speak. A mother who is overwhelmed with grief comes to the therapist’s office and cannot talk through her tears. A teenager comes to the therapist’s office and does not say a word. He is only in counseling because a judge …

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The Healing Power of Black Storytelling

I am excited to talk to you all this month about Black storytelling and its healing power. We’ve talked in previous cultural competency blogs about the importance of using books about Black culture when working with a Black child. Today we will talk about the power of Black storytelling, no matter who the reader is. …

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Positive Responses to Children’s Behavior

Have you ever tried grocery shopping with a hungry child? Adults have a lot on their minds. Deadlines, bills, job stress, phone calls, traffic, and news stories. All this can lead adult minds to focus on the future. Children, on the other hand, focus on the present. They are constantly exploring their world, primarily through …

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Promoting Healthy Nutrition Habits for Children

In March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month and the National Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP). ChildSavers is an administrator of this program to child care providers in Central Virginia. Last year, we provided more than 1,600 children in our region with nutritious meals. This initiative combats hunger and provides healthy meals to children and …

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