Play Therapy with Felicity Odgers

My guest today is a very good pal of mine Felicity Odgers. Flick was a primary school teacher and is now a qualified play therapist with a masters from Deakin University. Flick and I team taught many years ago in a remote community in the Kimberlys, working with a very special group of first nations children. What I learnt from Flick and her approach to working with little people has been invaluable not only in my career as an educator but especially as a parent. We talk today about the power of play and of rest, about co-regulation, about how to build trust and safety with our kids and so much more. If you are a parent especially I think you'll get so much out of this conversation but also so much of what we discuss can also be applied to us as humans in general.

For more about play therapy you can head to the Play Therapy Association at

For more information for parents about Play Therapy:


Additional resources:

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

The Memory Tree by Brita Teckentrup

Something Very Sad Happened by Bonnie Zucker

The Grief Wave by Trace Moroney

The Tiny Star by Mem Fox

The Invisible String (a book for children about grief)

Dr Becky Good Inside (lovely parenting advice & child appropriate language to use)

Play Matters with Dr Kathy Walker

Flick’s favourite parenting books:

No Bad Kids by Janet Landsbury

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson

Attachment Play by Aletha Solter

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Show credits:

Editing - RAW Collings and Claire Tonti

Theme music - Avocado Junkie

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