5-2 | Group Play Interventions for Children: Strategies for Teaching Prosocial Skills

Book Review

Group Play Interventions for Children: Strategies for Teaching Prosocial Skills

Linda A. Reddy
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2012. Contents, related sources, references, appendices, index. 295 pp. $49.95 paper. ISBN: 9781433810558

by Melissa Luke

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As a school-counselor educator who regularly teaches courses in child and adolescent counseling, as well as play therapy, I read with interest Linda Reddy’s book, Group Play Interventions for Children: Strategies for Teaching Prosocial Skills. Following a brief introduction, the book includes four user-friendly sections, each of which can serve as a well-written, stand-alone essay. While the author successfully synthesizes the vast theoretical and research literature, she deserves praise for developing pragmatic interventions immediately applicable to the work of educational and counseling professionals. This text offers a great deal for practitioners, and it also complements the bookshelves of anyone interested in the study and development of play.