The Shortest Distance Between Two People Is A Feeling Word




Looking for games to use in play therapy? Read my Directive Group Play Therapy book and The Feelings Wheel Game

I produced videos for parents and play therapists who need techniques for ADHD and angry kids

Use my Smiley System to reinforce discipline and teach compliance and responsibility of children

We offer child and family therapy, consultation, and supervision for persons who are seeking LCSW or play therapy certification

Learn about my speaking schedule for Hong Kong, Texas, and elsewhere

Morning Glory Treatment Center
for Children

Copyright 2009
1207 Pigeon Forge Road,
Pflugerville, Texas, 78660 USA
Phone/FAX : 512-251-3298

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Norma taught two practical parenting workshop in Cantonese at the Bay Church, 2415 Funston Ave, San Francisco, on September 3rd. Thank you to Vivian Tsang and her husband James for their organizing and hospitality, as well as church volunteers, and parents who participated in the workshops. It was my best vist to San Francisco! Photo: Norma (center) and James and Vivian Tsang (holding FWG at left) and service club volunteers.

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Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Lectures

Norma completed a busy schedule of workshops and presentations from October 14 to November 11, 2016 in both Hong Kong and Macau. Read more about Norma's workshops.

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ADHD Parenting Success: How to Improve Your Child's Behavior Today!

DVD coverOur latest DVD, created by Norma Leben and Debra Wendler, explains reasons for child misbehavior and ways to prevent or manage them by means of providing structure, routines, schedules, chores, rewards, and logical consequences, which are all incorporated in the Smiley System. This DVD will show you how to use six-second "one-liners" reinforced by congruent hand gestures and the assertive Power Stance. Learn how to use "its your choice" language. Norma also shows how parenting effectiveness flows from regularly telling your kids how you feel instead of tolerating their misbehavior or exploding later in anger.

This DVD is full of practical tips for any parent who needs a mega dose of confidence and win-win solutions in maintaining their parent-child relationship!

ADHD Parenting Success Learn more >>

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NEW! "Directive Group Play Therapy for Children with ADHD" was included as chapter 14 in Short-Term Play Therapy for Children (3rd Edition) edited by Heidi Kaduson and Charles Schaefer published April, 2015. Download a Guilford Press flyer (PDF) that includes a coupon code for 20% off the publisher's price.

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My chapter explains how after many years and cases I developed my directive group play therapy method. Download my chapter manuscript PDF

Hello, My name is Norma
Norma Leben, RPT-S, CPTIf you are looking for therapy activites for children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or traumatized by sexual abuse, you have found the right web site!

For over 30 years, I have self-published videos and books about childrens games, directive treatment methods, and effective parenting in English and Chinese. You will find all our products listed in the catalog or order form (PDF) by selecting from the menu to your left. I want to help you achieve behavior interventions and treatment results in just a few sessions instead of months. Just recently, I updated my book Directive Group Play Therapy for its 10th printing. I also produced a new DVD, ADHD Parenting Success: How to Improve Your Child's Behavior Today.


I am a Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Board Approved Supervisor. I am also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and 20+ year member of the Association of Play Therapy as well as a Certified Play Therapist, Professor Status (CPT) from Play Therapy International. I've presented at their international play therapy conferences in Hawaii, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, and Canada.

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My methods are applicable cross-culturally. With my games you can use material found around your house instead of expensive toy stores.

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Together with school social worker Kerri Fisher, I wrote an article about using my directive group games with kindergartners and second-graders in an Austin, Texas school. I met separately with two groups of children for 10 and 12 weeks in 2009 and 2010. Both teachers and parents completed before and after ratings of the childrens behaviors and social emotional learning skills. I invite you read our study results in Play Groups for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in an Urban Elementary School (PDF 243 KB)

To prepare for my 2011 Hong Kong workshop, I summarized 16 research articles from a literature search, Annotated Bibliography: Play Therapy, Child Maltreatment, and Effective Treatments. (PDF 127 KB)

Several years ago I described my very interesting therapy case, Selective Mutism: A Case Study of a 10 Year Old Korean Boy and Applicable Play Therapy Techniques. (PDF 116 KB)