Nonverbal communication from a play therapy perspective

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Children are expert communicators through play. Learn how to recognise and respond to their everyday nonverbal communications.

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See. feel and experience the child's perspective on nonverbal communication, emotional awareness, play and relationships.

With Kids present a new programme of online webinars that will develop observational skills and enhance playful interactions that can support children in their social and emotional development. A CPD certificate is supplied.

These webinars are suitable for anyone who lives or works with children as well as those interested in training as a play therapist.

The silent rage - a story from a play therapist's case book.

The story of Molly opens the webinar. A powerful vignette of a five year old's need to be heard through nonverbal communication in a world of caring adults who need to hear words.


Why we are all expert nonverbal communicators and connecting to that part of the brain that hears the words in the nonverbal.

Using neurobiological understanding as a foundation to understanding the difference in children's communication and our own.


Using our current observational skills to discuss a video of children interacting.

Thinking about how to re- frame what we hear children saying to us and listening to what we intuitively know.

Shared reflective space

An opportunity to bring your thoughts on the content of this webinar in small groups. Consider any direct experience with children that relates to this topic. Discuss with others and hear other's perspectives.

Group summation

Pulling together the main learning points to take away.

Follow up

There is an opportunity to join The art of playful communication Forum on With Kids Facebook that will be members only. There will be free resources posted monthly and an opportunity to ask questions that will be answered by a play therapist.

The facilitator

Jeanne McLaughlin – Play therapist and Clinical Supervisor at With Kids

MA Psychology; PG cert Autism; PG Dip Play Therapy

I have spent 30 years working with children from 0 to 14 years in a variety of settings. I have been the MSc in Play Therapy module leader on child developmental theories for the last 3 years.

At present I am designing and delivering a range of specialised training to share knowledge and upskill people who currently work or live with children in any capacity.

My main interest is helping children's voices to be heard and understood in order to improve relationships at home, at school and the wider community. The long term aim of the training is to help adults to equip children with lifelong skills to manage their mental health.

I continue to keep up to date with the latest advances in neurobiology and often look for practical applications of these findings to inform and develop my therapeutic work.


McLaughlin, J. (2021) The journey from face to face child centred play therapy to online sessions: Reflections from play therapists during COVID lockdown from March 2020 to June 2020. British Journal of Play Therapy (pending publication in April)

McLaughlin, J. (2015) The role of the dollhouse in the play therapy toolkit. The Journal of the International and UK Societies of Play and Creative Arts Therapies. pp 8-13.

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Who are With Kids?

With Kids are a Scottish children’s mental health service delivering therapeutic interventions through play therapy. Our therapists have a wide, varied experience of supporting children who have diverse experiences of adversity and trauma in their lives.

Play therapy can often be mistaken by professionals and the public alike as being a bit of play and talk. For children play is a serious business and are often surprised by adults who understand their communication through play. In our experience children who have access to therapeutic support early in childhood go on to develop positive coping strategies to life events and are able to develop stable relationships often breaking a generational pattern of chaotic lifestyles.

With Kids seminars and workshops

We firmly believe in knowledge and information exchange to promote an understanding of children's emotional and mental health.Before Covid, we ran our popular Introduction to play therapy ( face to face) experiential workshop at our head office. This has been adapted to short online seminars exploring key learning points using an interactive structure that opens with a child's story followed by information points, thinking space to consider your own experiences with children and shared reflections that allows you to connect to others who work with children. In March there will be a return to face to face workshops , there will be a discount for those who have attended online seminars. WATCH THIS SPACE........

Want to train as a play therapist?

A play therapist is trained to support children’s socioemotional development, reduce anxiety, develop self-confidence and self-esteem with a mixture of up to date research and knowledge from the field of psychology, neurobiology, psychodynamic theory and developmental theory.

With Kids, in collaboration with Queen Margaret University deliver a part-time BAPT accredited MSc in Play Therapy that is eligible for SAAS funding for the September 2022 intake. If interested contact training@withkids.org.uk

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