Play therapy can help children who are struggling, emotionally, behaviorally or socially.
Sometimes children face a difficult time or have worries and they might not be able to talk about it or express how they feel. As adults use words to express themselves and make sense of a situation, for children often is easier to use the language of play.
Play therapy provides a safe and confidential space for children, in which they can be themselves and use the language of play to express themselves freely, work through their problems and make sense of a situation. Within the trusting, warm and therapeutic play therapy relationship children use the play to work through their problems at their own level and at their own pace.
The play therapy toolkit includes puppets, music , therapeutic storytelling, art, clay, role-play, movement, sandtray and sand symbols.
Who can play therapy help?
Play therapy can help children who experience a range of social or emotional difficulties such as:
- Difficulties with their social skills
- Displaying challenging behaviors
- Low self-esteem
- Difficulties with expressing their emotions
- Children going through a difficult time such as bereavement, loss, parental/family separation, domestic violence/abuse, trauma
- Communication and behavior difficulties