"Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to 'play out' his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual 'talks out' his difficulties"
What is play therapy and how does it work?
Children often communicate their thoughts and feelings more naturally through play than they do through verbal communication. In Play therapy toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play interactions the therapist provides a safe and comfortable way for children to express thoughts and feelings.
This approach helps children share what is troubling them and to understand their own experiences and the outside world. Play therapy uses a variety of play and Creative Arts techniques such as drawing, coloring, drama/role play, puppets, music, movement and therapeutic storytelling.
The therapist uses play therapy to help the child to learn how to communicate with others, express feelings, modify undesirable behaviors, learn problem solving, develop coping skills, increase self-awareness and learn how to control their emotions. Play therapy allows children to fully express themselves and increases their self-esteem.
Play therapy techniques help children process traumatic events and to heal from it. Children become more confident, secure, resourceful and resilient to deal with the on going challenges of life.
Watch this fun video of our friend Andrew below.... I wish even adults could communicate that well!