How Play Therapy Can Help
Very few children have real freedom to play without constraint. A Play therapist technique allow a child complete freedom of choice within safe boundaries. The children are set free from the responsibility for taking care of themselves. Safety for the child and their environment are the provinces of the play therapist during therapy time. The child is not judged, blamed nor praised.
Physically, Emotionally and Socially
Play is essential for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially. It fosters imagination and creativity and encourages confidence and concentration. It helps children to make friends and learn about their ever-expanding world. It allows them to learn from mistakes safely. The therapy session enables children to consider and acknowledge their feelings. It helps them to learn that it is OK to feel, and teaches them how to cope with feelings in a safe and constructive way.
Working with a Play Therapist Providing Free Atmosphere
There is no judgement, no right or wrong. By providing a free atmosphere within safe boundaries the adult allows the child complete freedom to express him or herself verbally, physically or with playthings.
The use of unconstructed materials such as, but not limited to, sand and water, paint, glue and clay as well as miniature figures of people, animals and trees is important to allow the imagination to run free. Making a world in the sand, for instance, gives a child the opportunity of making sense of his or her experience and gaining some control over his or her world in which adults appear so powerful and sometimes threatening. During the therapy session the child will develop strategies of how to deal with situations in the real world more appropriately.
Play therapy can be used for the following
- Emotional and behavioural problems
- Bereavement or loss
- Divorce and separation
- Emotional upheaval
- School Exclusion
- Self Harming
- Improving Self Esteem
- Communication problems
- Anger/aggressive behavior
- Help with focus and concentration
- Delayed language/play development
- Peer and/or family relationships
- Social integration
- Refusal to go to school/or leave school
- Emotional Health and wellbeing
- Eating disorders
- Physical/sexual/emotional abuse
This list is not exclusive and any referral will require an initial assessment