About FirstPlay® Therapy

WHAT IS FIRSTPLAY®THERAPY?

FirstPlay® Therapy is an adapted Developmental Play Therapy model that includes an attachment-based therapeutic storytelling component, and is designed for two different developmental stages including:
  •  FIRSTPLAY® INFANT MASSAGE STORYTELLING, FOR INFANTS AGES BIRTH TO TODDLER. PARENTS LEARN HOW TO PROVIDE PLAYFUL, CARING, RESPECTFUL, AND NURTURING TOUCH, AS TAUGHT BY A CERTIFIED FIRSTPLAY® THERAPY PRACTITIONER, TO THEIR INFANT THROUGH PLAYFUL STORYTELLING ~ THE BABY TREE HUG© MASSAGE.  
  • FIRSTPLAY® KINESTHETIC STORYTELLING® FOR CHILDREN AGES TWO YEARS TO TEN YEARS…AND BEYOND ~ PARENTS LEARN FIRST-PLAY ACTIVITIES AND TO TELL INTERACTIVE STORIES BY DRAWING AND PLAYING OUT PARTS OF THE STORY ON A CHILD’S BACK. CHILDREN CAN KNOW THIS TYPE OF STORYTELLING AS “BACK STORIES™" OR “HAND STORIES™”.  
  • BOTH OF THESE MODELS ARE TWO DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF THE SAME ESSENTIAL NURTURING AND JOYFUL INGREDIENT ~ INTERACTIVE ATTACHMENT-CENTERED ACTIVITIES AND STORYTELLING. 

HOW IS TRAINING IN FIRSTPLAY® OFFERED?

  • FIRSTPLAY® INFANT MASSAGE STORYTELLING is a FIVE-day 40-hour intensive continuing education live attendance training, and you can learn more about the training at the following link: www.firstPlaytherapy.com  
  • Note: This is a manualized model, where you learn how to implement the FirstPlay Parent Infant Storytelling-Massage Manual© with volunteer parents that attend the training on Day-4. 
  • FIRSTPLAY KINESTHETIC STORYTELLING® is now offered as a 12 week 30 hour ONLINE training. You can learn more about the online training at the following link:

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES FOR client families

  • TWO Parent Informational WEBSITES HAVE BEEN CREATED for BOTH MODELS.
  • Parent website for FirstPlay Infant Storytelling Massage:  www.firstplayinfantmassage.com  
  • Parent website for FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®
Two separate parent manuals have been created for client families:
  • FirstPlay Infant Storytelling-Massage Parent Manual©[for ages birth to two years]
  • FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Parent Manual©[for ages two years to ten years...and beyond]

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