Sandplay and Storytelling: The Impact of Imaginative Thinking on Children’s Learning and Development

Sandplay and Storytelling, chronicles the results of Dr. Unnsteinsdóttir’s research study that measured the behavioral, self-esteem, and educational effects of having grammar school children do Sandplay and storytelling over the course of the school year.  The results indicated a marked reduction of presenting symptoms and a substantial rise in IQ scores for the majority of the participants.  The authors advocate for the inclusion of imaginative and creative play modalities as part of regular curricula to enhance student well-being and learning.

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Authors: Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir, PhD
Barbara A. Turner, PhD

In this ground-breaking work, Sandplay psychotherapist, Barbara Turner, PhD, partners with Learning Specialist, Kristín Unnsteinsdóttir, PhD, to explore how engaging children in Jungian Sandplay therapy and imaginative story telling works to improve classroom performance and to increase intelligence scores. These child specialists make a solid argument for the necessary consideration of the unconscious and the inner world of the individual child in learning. They advocate that curriculum design for children must include imaginative therapeutic play and active attention to children’s emotional needs. This is a very readable book for educators, psychotherapists and concerned parents, alike.

Barbara Turner, PhD is the author of The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, used by mental health clinicians around the world.

Foreword by Thomas L. Armstrong, PhD
Copyright 2012 Temenos Press®

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in