Dutch born, Maria Aarts, studied parent-child interactions for 40 years across varies countries and cultures. She recognised the difficulties in explaining scientific observations of a child’s problems to parents and other educators and in turn developed ‘Marte Meo‘.
Marte Meo means ‘One’s own strength’ and is a method which is widely used in 43 countries. It gives parents and caregivers information that’s not only understandable but also applicable to everyday interactions, which supports children’s emotional and social development.
“…the child develops a very important play skill: naming your play ideas. When you name what you do you have a social invitation to other children to join you.”
Last week we had the privilege of speaking with the Founder of Marte Meo International, the one and only, Maria Aarts. In the two-part interview below Maria shares three examples, from her latest programme – The Golden Gift – of how Marte Meo can be applied at home on a daily basis.
If you have any questions for Maria about Marte Meo after watching or reading this, please leave a comment in the section below and we will endeavour to have these answered by Maria herself!