Play therapy is one of the most effective modalities in working with children ages 3-12.
"Play is an essential feature of productive thought.” ~ Albert Einstein
Play therapy is much more than just playing. Here’s why it’s important:
- Children know how to play better than they know how to do anything else.
- Play in therapy is helpful to the therapeutic process because play is how children feel the most expressive, the most competent, and the most childlike.
- Through a playful style the therapist is communicating to the child that therapy belongs to them and they are worth spending time with.
- Play increases child’s participation.
- Play has neurophysiologic effects and emotions are released safely in play therapy.
- Play provides children with the opportunity to control themselves.
- Play has developmental benefits for children, providing a necessary component in cognitive, affective and sensor motor development.
Other benefits of play therapy:
General positive emotionality, Enhanced language skill, Persistence in completing tasks, Distinguishing reality from fantasy, Strengthened empathy, Cooperative relationships, Leadership skills, Impulse control, Willingness to take turns, Trying out different roles, Ordering and sequencing skills, Anticipating consequences
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