If you have a child that is struggling with their emotions or is having behavioral issues, you may be considering taking them to traditional talk therapy. However, what you may not know about is child's play therapy. Children's play therapy is a treatment that offers many benefits to patients (children) as well as their parents. Get to know more about child's play therapy as well as how this form of therapy may help your child. Then, you can better decide if play therapy is the right choice for you and your child.
What Is Child's Play Therapy?
Child's play therapy is a form of psychological therapy that involves the child engaging in structured and guided play activities. They will not necessarily be free playing but will instead receive direction and guidance from the therapist. The child may play alone or with the therapist depending on the activity.
What Are the Benefits of Child's Play Therapy?
There are numerous benefits of child's play therapy and many ways in which it can help your child. Some of these include:
Distances the Child from Their Problems
Child's play therapy allows a child to address problems they have been having at a distance. For example, they may draw a picture of a child struggling with anger or draw a picture representing their grief if they have recently lost a loved one. This distancing allows them to look at their problems from a new perspective and makes it easier to develop problem-solving skills and coping strategies to use on their problems.
This emotional distancing through play will help a child more quickly and effectively deal with the problems that they may be having.
Allows for Non-Verbal Communication
Sometimes, a child has a hard time verbalizing what they are thinking or feeling. This can make it hard to address emotional or behavioral problems that come as a result. Child's play therapy allows them to communicate these things non-verbally.
We'll use drawing as an example again; when they draw, the child can show what they are thinking or feeling without having to come up with the words for it. Or if they are playing with toys, they may act out a scenario that upset them or bothers them. There are many actions and behaviors that can be observed during play that will help a therapist get down to the root of the issues bothering a child.
Helps Them Learn to Express Emotions
As therapy goes on, the activities will help your child learn to express their emotions verbally or in healthy ways. Art is a healthy way to express emotions. Talking calmly to a parent or other loved one is another healthy way to express emotions. These are strategies that can be taught and cultivated through child's play therapy.
Helps Them Learn to Problem Solve
Child's play therapy will also help a child learn problem-solving skills for whatever situations occur in their life. They learn this through play and through discussing their play decisions and choices with their therapist.
Now that you know more about child's play therapy, you can schedule your child's first session.Share
25 June 2020
From the time I was born to the time I graduated high school, my parents were very overprotective of me and shielded me from all of the "bad" things in the world. When I decided to go to college out of state, they wanted me to stay closer to home, but gave into my wishes eventually. Once I got settled at college, I realized just how attached I was to my parents. I began to feel so homesick that I almost quit before the first semester ended. I decided to visit a counselor to see if she could help me get through the semester, and after just a couple of visits, I began actually enjoying my time away from home. I know there are others in tough situations like I was who need guidance, so I decided to start a blog to share my tips for coping with stressful situations.