Media Tip Sheet: The Right to Play: How parents can handle tantrums and meltdowns

June 21, 2022

How should parents handle child tantrums and meltdowns?  How do parents teach their children to develop emotionally, socially and academically through play? Well, getting back to the basics and resetting our own expectations at different stages of development is key.

Maggie ParkerIf you are looking for an expert to speak specifically on this issue, please consider Dr. Maggie Parker.

Maggie Parker is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development at George Washington University. Her research agenda focuses on the mental health needs of children and adolescents and developmental approaches to counseling. She is interested in exploring the provision of play therapy services within school settings, and teaching play therapy skills to teachers and parents.

Dr. Parker is also interested in exploring trauma, diversity, and expressive arts with children and adolescents.

Dr. Parker provided counseling services within diverse settings, including community mental health centers, juvenile detention centers, pre-schools, high schools, and elementary schools. She held several leadership positions within state and national associations. She hopes her research can help practitioners and scholars understand mental health needs of youth and enable greater access to counseling services for underrepresented students.

If you are looking for context on this matter or would like to speak with Dr. Parker, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected] or 202-994-6460.