Children use play to communicate and learn, just as adults use words. During a play therapy session, clients are able to safely explore thoughts and feelings that my otherwise remain hidden. A Play Therapist will therapeutically use play to help clients process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds. Each client’s path will look slightly different to meet the family’s strengths, needs, and history.
Play therapy is a powerful tool to assist with cognitive,behavioral, and emotional challenges. Play therapy can assist with reconnecting caregivers and children as
relationships heal. Research has shown that Play therapy can be beneficial to those who are experiencing normal life adjustments, transition periods, family changes, bullying, grief and loss, and those who have witnessed or experienced abuse and/or neglect. Research shows that Play Therapy can decrease symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, ADHD, RAD, PTSD, and conduct disorders. Play therapy works best when a parent, family member, or caregiver is actively involved in the treatment process.
To learn more about play therapy please take a look at the Association for Play Therapy website.