These are some places you can find out more about play, play as therapy and children's health and well being.

Here are links to two short videoes about Filial Therapy or Special Play Time -

This is a link to the Parents corner of the Association for Play Therapy – United States which has additional information about Play, Play Therapy and Filial Therapy.  

Western Australia: services. Raising Children Network. (2021). Retrieved 18 March 2021, from 

Play4therapy - Relationships WA. Relationships WA (Production). (2021). Retrieved 18 March 2021, from 

Kellam, T. (2009). The parent survival guide. Routledge.

Australian Childhood foundation – Explaining Polyvagal theory infographic.  

References and A​cknowledgements

Play and Play Therapy

Axline, V. (1990). DIBS, in search of self. Penguin.

Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centred Play Therapy A Practical guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children. John Wiley & Sons.

Kestly, T. (2014). The interpersonal neurobiology of play. W.W.Norton &CompNy.

Lin Y, Bratton S. A Meta-Analytic Review of Child-Centered Play Therapy Approaches. Journal of Counseling & Development. 2015;93(1):45-58.

Porges, S. (2011). The polyvagal theory. W.W.Norton.

Prendiville, E., & Howard, J. (2017). Creative psychotherapy. Routledge.

Schaefer, C. (2011). The Foundations of Play Therapy (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

Schaefer, C., & Drewes, A. (2014). The therapeutic powers of play. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Siegel, D. (2019). An Introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Daniel J. Siegel [Video]. Retrieved 14 September 2021, from

Van Fleet, R., Sywulak, S., & Sniscak, A. (2010). Child-Centred Play Therapy. The Guilford Press.

Vaughn, C., & Brown, S. (2014). Play. Avery.

Learn to Play

 Stagnitti K. Resources - Learn to Play for Teachers [Internet]. Learn to Play. 2020 [cited 19 August 2020]. Available from:

Stagnitti K. For Therapists - Learn to Play [Internet]. Learn to Play. [cited 19 August 2020]. Available from:

Play - Learn to Play [Internet]. Learn to Play. [cited 18 August 2020]. Available from:

Why pretend play is important for school [Internet]. Melbourne: Learn to play events; 2020 [cited 19 August 2020]. Available from:

Stagnitti K. Children and Pretend Play. In: Stagnitti K, Cooper R, ed. by. Play as Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2009. p. 59-67. 

Filial Therapy

VanFleet R. Filial therapy. 3rd ed. Sarasotta: Professional Resources Press; 2014.

Ryan V, Bratten S. Partners in the change process. In: Shaeffer C, Kelly-Zion S, McCormick J, Ohnogi A, ed. by. Play therapy for very young children. New York: Jason Aronson; 2008.

Landreth G, Bratton S. Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), 2nd Edition. Milton: Routledge; 2019.

Cochran N, Nordling W, Cochran J. Child-centered play therapy. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons; 2010.

VanFleet R. A parent's handbook of filial therapy. 2nd ed. Boiling Springs, PA: Play Therapy Press; 2012.

Guerney L, Ryan V. Group filial therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley; 2013.

Lin Y, Bratton S. A Meta-Analytic Review of Child-Centered Play Therapy Approaches. Journal of Counseling & Development. 2015;93(1):45-58.

Cornett N, Bratton S. A golden intervention: 50 years of research on filial therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy. 2015;24(3):119-133.


Bradway, K., & McCoard, B. (1997). Sandplay - Silent Workshop of the Psyche. Routledge.

Carey, L. (2008). Sandplay therapy with children and families. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Kalff, D. (2003). Sandplay. Temenos Press.

McNally, S. (2001). Sandplay. Writers Club Press.

Spence, R. (2018). Sandplay therapy and teacher wellbeing: A consideration for practice. Counselling Australia, (Autumn 2018), 24-25.

Turner, B. (2005). The handbook of sandplay therapy. Temenos Press.


Stenson, T. (2010). We Grow [Online]. Portland; Apple Music. Retrieved 6 July 2021, from

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