Swansea Professor publishes international texts on the importance of play for children’s health and development

Dr Justine Howard, (Associate Professor - Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences) from the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University is a chartered psychologist and developmental and therapeutic play specialist, managing the MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and the MA in Childhood Studies programmes at Swansea University.

j howard bookDr Howard was approached to revise and update works from the eminent practitioner’s, ‘Mary D.Sheridans’ Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years’ , with this 4th edition aiming to introduce readers to the relationship between play and aspects of children’s development, allowing them to develop a personal philosophy of play that can guide their professional practice.  This revised edition by Dr Howard offers an added emphasis on the importance of key observation skills, difference and diversity and play and the importance of play for health and development across domains.

This book brings together the work of renowned practitioners and academics currently working and researching in therapeutic play and play therapy, and presents a range of ground-breaking methods for practising with groups, individuals, and parents and carers.

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The second publication released by Dr Howard and co-edited with Eileen Prendiville, a colleague in Ireland; ‘Creative Psychology’ brings together the expertise of leading authors and clinicians from around the world to synthesise what we understand about how the brain develops, the neurological impact of trauma and the development of play. The authors explain how to use this information to plan developmentally appropriate interventions and guide creative counselling across the lifespan.

"I enjoyed the book immensely. I felt like I walked right into it and couldn't leave it alone! Some areas I read and re-read several times, then was so intrigued I went to the reference texts to study them. I'm excited to see where this goes!" – Joan Wilson, Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Play Therapy Supervisor, Trainer and Supervisor with the Theraplay® Institute.


Further information here about the MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and the MA in Childhood Studies degrees available here: www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences