Friday Wrap Up 9-07-12: Must Reads and Best Online Finds From the Week!


It’s Finally The Weekend!!

Every week I come across so many informative articles, funny and inspiring quotes, and cool websites. It’s impossible to post them all on my facebook page, so here’s what I came across this week.

Have a great weekend!

1. Video about Autism and Play Therapy

For all you play therapy enthusiasts, or parents curious about what play therapy is about, this is good video on play therapy and autism. What I like is that it shows how important it is to ACCEPT the child and their interests.

2. Coolest Graduation Gift Ever! “Oh The Places You’ll Go…”

“Following my high school graduation ceremony my dad handed me a bag with a copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Doctor Seuss inside. I open it up and on the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. My dad tells me “Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten I’ve gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book.”

3. 100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

There really are 100 techniques featured on this site for nurses! The exercises are categorized by activities for Emotions, Relaxation, Portraits, Trauma and Unhappiness, Collaging, Self, Gratitute, Inside the Mind, and Miscellaneous. I’m not sure how long ago this was put togeher, but some of the links for the ideas don’t work. Still, I think we get the general idea and it’s a great resource. I haven’t gone through every technique, but here are a few of my favorites so far:

Draw or Paint Your Emotions. In this exercise, you’ll focus entirely on painting what you’re feeling.

Make a stress painting. Choose colors that represent your stress and jab, scribble and paint your problems away.

Draw something HUGE. Then something very small. Getting your body involved and moving around can help release stress as you’re drawing.

Draw your vision of a perfect day. Think about what constitutes a perfect day to you and draw or paint it. What about this drawing can you make happen today?

Build a “home.” What does home mean to you? This activity will have you create a safe, warm place– it doesn’t have to be practical– that feels like home to you.

Create a future self-portrait. This drawing or painting should reflect where you see yourself in the future.

Draw yourself as a superhero. If you could have a superpower what would it be? This project asks you to depict your own image as a superhero with these powers.

Create a motivational collage. You can hang this collage somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Filled with images you find motivating, it’ll help you keep pushing on.

4. What Does a Home Mean to You? by Real Simple

In this article, readers shared what means home to them. For me, home is a place where I can be with my family and a place where I can be relaxed and content. Here’s what a few other readers said in this article:

A warm bed that you can’t get out of in the morning, a tiny pink toothbrush in the bathroom, and the  sound of my husband’s key in the door at the end of the day. Dena Nilsen, Charlotte, North Carolina

Anywhere my kids are. Millie Ayala, Northport, New York

The sensation of peace on a cozy, rainy Sunday; the feeling of relief when you pull into the driveway after a long trip; a quiet kiss on the head of a baby asleep in my lap; and the warmth of my husband’s arms. Home has been many places for me over the years, but its comforts are defined by simple, blissful moments like these. Sarah Bernard, Somersworth, New Hampshire

Home is a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas. Danielle Halloran, Folsom, California

5. Nerd Quirks. An entire website devoted to fun “nerd” quirks is fun to read when you have free time.

Thanks to youbelongamongwildflowers for this submission!


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Author: Kim Peterson, MA, LPC-S, RPT

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Dallas, Texas.

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