Play-Based Intervention

As finding love and building a career is vital to human happiness, a noted number of health professionals have observed that the ability to let oneself go with play is as important as the other two. A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). Play and creativity operate on impulses from outside our awareness – the unconscious.

It is only through playing that a child learn and developunderstand the world around them, and express their feelings. Here are some signs that your child might benefit from Play Therapy: difficulty making friends, anxiety, depression, grief following a death, divorce or traumatic experience.

Benefits

Develop ability to process difficult or confusing emotions

It is common for children not to have the language skills to convey what they feel in words. Most of them express their pain in ways that are not desirable such as exhibiting defiance, throwing tantrums, bullying other children, crying frequently, refusing to attend school and being anti-social or unusually clingy. 

Play therapy – is when toys are their words and play is their language. Therapists are specially trained to understand, interpret, and respond to the children’s play language.

Discover ways to cope with situations that makes them uncomfortable

When a child doesn’t know how to manage their own behaviour, they tend to misbehave and lash out at home, with friends and at school. During play therapy, children are given a safe space where they can test limits – allowing them to be aware of the consequences of their actions.

Encourage a mindset of independent and creative thinking

In a normal situation, children are mostly told what to do. In play therapy, children leads. They control what happens by selecting activities they participate in and the toys they play with. It is the only place they are allowed to be the boss. This is important for children who are emotionally vulnerable or have experienced traumas or significant life changes, as they are the ones who experience an acute lack of control over their lives.

Improve social skills and ability to respect others

Play therapy develops a relationship between your child and the therapist – where children can explore different aspects of social interactions. A child may observe how the therapist reacts to his/her actions throughout the session. The toys in the play therapy are also specially selected to allow your child to explore different social roles, such as nurturing baby dolls or dressing up as a police officer.

It is through play that children become aware of the thoughts and feelings of other people. This will eventually result in an improved relationship between the child and his/her family and friends.

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