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Here are some of the scenarios in which play therapy is used …

Many children develop deep-rooted issues as a result of: Abuse Neglect Emotional distress Attachment issues Aggressive behavior and acting out Physical handicap Low self-esteem Chronic illness Grief Hospitalization Trauma Post-traumatic stress Learning disabilities Autism Mental illness, etc. Often a child in need of help displays certain behaviors, which sometimes can go unaddressed even by parents, … Continue reading Here are some of the scenarios in which play therapy is used …

Play therapy may be used for well adjusted children as well as those with issues that need to be processed

Any child who has a problem that needs to be discussed or processed will benefit immensely from play therapy. However, this type of therapy is also used for well-adjusted children. It helps them feel more centered; it also enhances their self-awareness and communication skills. Of course, it is really beneficial for children with special needs … Continue reading Play therapy may be used for well adjusted children as well as those with issues that need to be processed

What does play therapy look like?

Play therapy utilizes therapeutic toys for children to play with. The child feels in control of the process and has the opportunity to use art supplies and sand, etc., for free and creative expression. In order for it to be effective, play therapy requires the presence of a trained, certified play therapist. The play therapist … Continue reading What does play therapy look like?

The Purpose and Outcomes of Play Therapy

The purpose of play therapy is to alleviate those emotional and behavioral issues that obstruct the normal functioning and well being of a child. The main aim is to greatly improve the communication and mutual understanding between children and their parents and / or caregivers. Some of the other outcomes are improved verbal expression, better … Continue reading The Purpose and Outcomes of Play Therapy

What is play therapy?

ccording to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase … Continue reading What is play therapy?