Touch is essential for life, and what Viola Brody calls capable touching is the core of developmental play therapy, building both the self of the hurt child and his or her appreciation of the nurturing other. It thus makes way for dialogue between them and - as the dialogue becomes an organizing force for the child's behaving and relating - facilitates healing and maturation. In recognition of the crucial importance of 'knowing how to be present' with a child in a reparative role, Dr. Brody incorporates training in developmental play into the body of her book to provide therapists, teachers, and other helping professionals with the experience they need to understand and practice capable touching.
Viola A. Brody is the originator of the Developmental Play Therapy approach. Former chief psychologist of the Child Guidance Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and at Eckered College in St. Petersburg.