Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self-expression, and constructive problem-solving.
It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful (Susan Linn, Contemporary American psychiatrist)
Play is a type of therapy that involves playing. In Play Therapy the therapists allow clients (children & adults) to play during sessions rather than simply sitting with clients and asking them questions about their problems.
Play therapy lets children sort through complicated feelings and communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened” (British Association of Play Therapists). “People tend to forget that play is serious” (David Hockney,
Contemporary British painter).
We use play in its many different ways such as Attunement, Symbolic, Creative, Fantasy, Social, Directive, & Non-directive.
We use backwards and forwards interaction between the child and the therapist, and use objects and actions to :
- create and try out ideas
- act out experiences
- interact and learn
- create ways of communication
- create ways of being
- create a make-believe world
Play therapy is used in a variety of different disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as normal functioning children and adults.
Play is the best way for children to learn and develop:
- gross & fine motor skills
- language & communication skills
- thinking & problem-solving skills
- giving and taking instructions
- taking turns
- making decisions
- working together
- flexible thinking
- understanding someone else’s perspective
- executive functioning
- controlling & handling of frustration
- being considerate of others
- boosting memory, concentration, and focus
- self-esteem and pride
- planning and prediction
- social skills