Colorful Schools
Nurturing Play-Based Learning and Therapeutic Interventions
805-563-3438
Santa Barbara, CA
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    An hour of play reveals more than a year of conversation.

Colorful Schools is a nonprofit charitable organization in Santa Barbara, CA. We are dedicated to offering nurturing play-based educational opportunities and the latest research-based therapeutic interventions to children and families in our community. We incorporate the latest findings in neuroscience and body-based techniques into child-led learning and play therapy.

Is your child not thriving in a traditional school environment? Struggling with anxiety, selective mutism, excessive shyness, low self-esteem, inability to regulate emotions, behavioral issues? Do you feel overwhelmed, burned out and hopeless?

We can help.

We talk to the children in hundreds of "languages" and let the children be our guides -- painting, clay, music, movement, puppets, sand tray, storytelling, games -- only the child can decide what works for them. We practice relaxation techniques by blowing bubbles and taking stuffed animals for a ride. We express anger by stomping play-dough monsters. We process trauma by helping each child reenact their own life story through metaphor, creating meaning, correcting distortions and integrating a cohesive narrative. We utilize our expertise to create targeted playful therapeutic interventions that help each child find their unique path to well-being. An authentic connection with each client, a feeling of safety, and a nurturing therapeutic relationship are paramount in helping the child open up.

We also realize that a child is like a seed in the garden, with caregivers being the gardeners. This is why family work, or work with caregivers individually, in addition to working with the child, is critical to our success. People are highly influenced by their environment. There are no universal recipes, no one environment that works for everyone. We will help you connect with your child on a deeper level and guide you in creating a nurturing environment that will enable your child and family to thrive.

Our services are offered on a sliding scale. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Contact us for a consultation.