Play Therapy

Play Therapy is based on the fact that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression It is generally employed with children aged 3 to 11 years and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings.


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INDICATIONS

  • Children dealing with parental conflict, separation or divorce.
  • Traumatized children (sexual, physical or emotional abuse).
  • Children who have been adopted or are in foster care.
  • Dealing with issues of loss.
  • Children who have been hospitalized.
  • Children who have witnessed domestic violence.
  • children who have experienced serious accidents or disasters..
  • Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • TYPES OF PLAY THERAPIES

  • Group Play Therapy.
  • Individual play therapy.
  • Free Play therapy.
  • Directive Play.
  • Non- directive play.

  • PURPOSES OF PLAY THERAPY

  • Reduces anxiety about traumatic events in the child's life.
  • Facilitates a child's expression of feelings.
  • Promotes self-confidence and sense of competence.
  • Develops a sense of trust in self and others.
  • Defines healthy boundaries.
  • Creates or enhances healthy bonding in relationships.
  • Enhances creativity and playfulness.
  • Promotes appropriate behaviors.

  • Play therapy lets children sort through complicated feelings and use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened. This is a key aspect of play therapy.


    PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUES AND INTERVENTIONS.

    In play therapy, therapists allow children (often but not always, sometimes adult too use play therapy) to play during sessions, rather than simply sitting with them and asking questions.

    Play therapy can be directive, like having a child to tell a story about a family using puppets to learn more about the client’s family dynamics. It can be more about non-directive, as in the case of allowing a child to play with sand to relieve stress.

    Just as there are many different ways that children play, there are many different ways of play therapies:

  • Non-directive play therapy.
  • Puppets / doll house/ other tops for the purpose of pretend play.
  • Interpret play for emotional content.
  • Directive play therapy.
  • Interpret drawings for emotional content.
  • Painting / drawing for the purpose of emotional expression.