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Upcoming Workshops

ICDL 2023 TREATING FEARS AND PHOBIAS IN YOUNG CHILDREN  Live Online Thursday September 21, 2023

ICDL International DIR-Floortime Conference Live Online October 21, 2023:  Beyond Therapy: The immeasurable importance of simply being with your child

Recent Workshops


New England Play Therapy Association TREATING FEARS AND PHOBIAS IN YOUNG CHILDREN March 10, 2023

ICDL 2022 International DIR-Floortime Conference – Humor in DIR-Floortime Speakers: Dr. Cindy Puccio, Ph.D., MA., LCSW, DIR-Expert, Dr. Gil Tippy, PsyD, DIR-Expert, and Dr. Karen Levine, PhD, DIR-Expert

Research publications:

Klein-Tasman, B., Young, B., and Levine, K. (2023) Addressing Fears of Children with Williams Syndrome: Therapist and Child Behavior in the Context of a Novel Play-and Humor-Infused Exposure Therapy Approach. Frontiers DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1098449

Bonita P. Klein-Tasman, Brianna N. Young, Karen Levine, Kenia Rivera, Elizabeth J. Miecielica, Brianna D. Yund & Sydni E. French (2021): Acceptability and Effectiveness of Humor- and Play-Infused Exposure Therapy for Fears in Williams Syndrome, Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Downloadable Handout

Treating Fears and Phobias in Young Children: Gradual Exposure and Humor.  In this handout, along with my colleague Naomi Chedd, LMHC, I explain how I treat fears and phobias, integrating fun interactive play with Gradual Incorporation of feared objects or situations, for young neurodivergent or neurotypical children.

Treating fears and phobias in young neurodivergent or neurotypical children A play-based, JOYFUL, interactive approach

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Downloadable article: 

Social Affective Diet Concept

Social Affective Diet article

Podcasts, Webinars, Radio

Karen interviewed on Clearly Clinical CE Podcasts on treating fears and phobias 2023

Karen interviewed on Daria Brown’s Affect Autism podcast on treating fears and phobias 2023

Karen interviewed on Anna Christie’s podcast, about treating Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) in children, June 2021:

Karen’s webinar and video on the WSA website, about treating fears and phobias in children with Williams Syndrome (scroll down below talk/slides for the videoclip)

Halloween fears SiriusXM DoctorRadio About Our Kids segment.  Karen is the guest. October 2017