Does your child struggle with anxiety, anger outbursts, or defiance? Have they experienced trauma, or been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Autism, or another disorder? Learn how play therapy can help.
Play is a child’s language and the toys are their words. According to the Association for Play Therapy, play therapy is “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”
Play therapy uses nondirective and directive props to help children express themselves through play. The main idea is that children learn communicate and grow through play with a purpose. Play therapy can be used to build a relationship between the client and the therapist, help the child explore their thoughts and feelings, and help decrease defiant and disruptive behaviors. I also use sensory play, Theraplay and sand tray.