Play is the most natural expression of a child's view of the world. It is an essential part of being happy and expands our self-expression, and self-awareness, and stimulates our creative thinking.
Play Therapy is a structured therapy approach that helps children express their thoughts and troubles when their verbal language fails. Through play, children learn how to communicate with others, resolve problems, change their way of thinking and share experiences in a comfortable and natural environment.
Play therapy can be used as the main form of treatment or in conjunction with other treatment modalities. It is especially appropriate for kids 4 to 12 years of age; however, it is also effective with older clients depending on their personality and development.
Play therapy is a very pleasant way to engage children in therapy as they do not feel bored or scolded. This approach allows therapy to be fun and does not feel like a chore. In fact, children look forward to their therapy appointments and develop a trusting relationship with their therapist.
Parents also play an important part in this process. The therapist will communicate regularly with them to develop their treatment plan and monitor their progress. Play Therapy is a modality that promotes confidence, trust, and a positive connection with others.