Brief Biography

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker and play advocate. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. Her Facebook community is internationally recognized for her resources and interventions that are shared with teachers, parents, clinicians and other professionals. She specializes in sandtray play therapy, sensory integration and attachment, working with children, families, and adults of all ages. She has integrated children diagnosed with ASD into her practice with great success, along with their siblings and other family members.

Dr. Joelle McGovern is a Clinical Psychotherapist at the Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trichotillomania & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in clinical, developmental, and school psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She specializes in working with those affected by anxiety, trauma, tics, trichotillomania, and related disorders, in addition to behavioral difficulties and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. McGovern also has worked at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, helping children cope with chronic illness, trauma, bereavement, and feeding issues. Her clinical and research interests include providing therapy for children and adults with anxiety, OCD, PTSD, tic disorders, trichotillomania, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as parent coaching regarding anxiety and behavioral concerns.

Workshop Description

The needs of siblings of children affected by autism can get overlooked in parental efforts to maximize care of the child with autism. Play therapy can help families explore and address the needs of the typical siblings in an effective manner that feels safe to all involved. Family welfare depends upon addressing everyone’s needs. This session will explore the strategies and effectiveness of play therapy to address the needs of siblings and to create a healthy family dynamic that benefits all. Over the lifespan, siblings may become increasingly involved in care, so nurturing healthy relationships as children age can be critical to later self-advocacy, inclusion, and independence. Play therapy can be a key to help families achieve healthy and adaptive lifespan relationships.

Location

Olney Hall 115

Start Date

1-5-2015 11:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2015 12:15 PM

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May 1st, 11:00 AM May 1st, 12:15 PM

Come and Play: Using Play to Help Families Affected by Autism

Olney Hall 115

The needs of siblings of children affected by autism can get overlooked in parental efforts to maximize care of the child with autism. Play therapy can help families explore and address the needs of the typical siblings in an effective manner that feels safe to all involved. Family welfare depends upon addressing everyone’s needs. This session will explore the strategies and effectiveness of play therapy to address the needs of siblings and to create a healthy family dynamic that benefits all. Over the lifespan, siblings may become increasingly involved in care, so nurturing healthy relationships as children age can be critical to later self-advocacy, inclusion, and independence. Play therapy can be a key to help families achieve healthy and adaptive lifespan relationships.