For children play is language and toys are words. . .
Does my child need therapy?
Throughout their lives, many children go through challenging times, such as divorce, difficulty making friends, or adjusting to changes at school or home. Some children need more help than others to get through these times. Generally, if you, your child’s teacher, or your child’s pediatrician are concerned about behavior or how your child is adjusting and coping, Play Therapy may be recommended to help.
Play allows children a safe psychological distance from their problems. Play also allows them to express their true thoughts & feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level.
Why Play Therapy?
Play Therapy allows trained play therapists to assess and understand children’s play & use it in assisting children who are coping with difficult emotions in finding solutions to their problems. Play Therapy is best suited for children between the ages of 3-12, as they communicate with play what they have difficulty expressing in words. Play Therapy is one of the most appropriate methods of treatment for children who are having difficulties coping with life situations.
Play Therapists help children with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral & developmental challenges:
-Adjustment to life transitions or events such as divorce, death, new baby, relocation, and illness.
-ADHD, impulsivity, aggression and inappropriate behavior
-Emotional and social adjustment
-Abuse and neglect
-Depression and anxiety
-Low self esteem
-Fear of separation
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy utilizes play, children’s natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily with toys instead of words. Play Therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address & resolve their own problems. Using Play Therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
Play Therapy helps children & others to:
-Take more responsiblity for their actions and replace inappropriate behavior with more successful behavior
-Develop new and creative solutions to problems
-Develop respect and acceptance of self & others
-Learn to experience and express emotions, to be empathetic with respect for the thoughts & feelings of others
-Learn new relational and social skills
-Develop self-worth and increase confidence in their abilities & feelings
You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Do you still feel like you need more information about Play Therapy before you seek help?
Watch this video: Introduction to Play Therapy for parents
Watch this video: Introduction to Play Therapy for children