By Eliana Gil PhD, Athena A. Drewes PsyD
Supporting therapists hone their abilities for operating with assorted young children and households, this special quantity appears to be like at play remedy via a multicultural lens. skilled practitioners study how cultural traditions, values, shared reviews, and expectancies might impression the methods childrens show themselves via play, the information and emotions they go along with diverse actions, and the responses of kids and oldsters to specific interventions. choked with evocative medical fabric, chapters spotlight particular concerns to think about while operating with African American, Hispanic, local American, and Asian American little ones. additionally supplied are feedback for developing a healing playroom that's attractive and alluring to all, together with information on the place to procure multicultural toys, video games, and paintings fabrics.
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I knew that Ahnna would recognize a slight bow of the head as familiar, since she had lived in China for her formative years. It’s possible that the slight movement of my head when I first met her allowed her to feel a little safer than she might have otherwise. Her mother told me that her staying alone with me so shortly after meeting me was quite rare for Ahnna. Because of the respect that is maintained among people in China, I also sought to quiet myself when I met with Ahnna. I paid attention to my tone of voice, pattern of speech, and physical movement.
Scott and Joelle had gone through rigorous fertility treatments and had been unable to conceive. They both came from large families and had eagerly agreed to have five children (a number that represented the average of both sets of siblings). They were profoundly distressed at their inability to conceive, yet embraced the concept of adoption with abandon, in spite of cautions from both sets of parents (Ahnna’s reluctant but loving adoptive grandparents) about adopting a child who was not European American, who was not an infant, and whose history was unknown.
When musical instruments are provided, it is important to include a wide variety that nevertheless have universal appeal, such as drums, flutes, strings, maracas, and castanets. Certainly drums have enjoyed great popularity among many cultures and are still used in different combinations to create primary, distinctive cultural sounds. Canino and Spurlock (2000) encourage clinicians to establish an ambiance that reflects the cultural heritages of their various client populations. They discuss paying special attention to having additional dolls when working with children whose extended families are very involved in their lives; they also advise discussing favorite foods, birthday celebrations, heroes and heroines, and music, in an effort to understand a child’s cultural context.