Play is the work of children! Play is essential to a child's healthy mental and physical development. Children learn and develop through play many skills that will help them be successful throughout their lives. These skills include creativity, social skills, problem solving, self confidence, how to share, innovation, and many more. Play Therapy is based on the principal that play is a child's natural means of expression, and that children can typically express themselves easier through toys than words. Even children with expanded verbal ability may struggle to find the right words to thoroughly express what they are going through. Children are people, and thus can experience the same range of feelings that adults can. In play therapy, children can choose to work with a wide range of toys, including puppets, art materials, play kitchen, sand tray, trucks, dolls, games and many other toys available in the play room. The child then uses these toys to share their inner thoughts and feelings with their therapist.
There are two types of play therapy, directive and non-directive. Depending on the age and needs of her clients, Jaclyn may use one or both of these methods. In directive play therapy, Jaclyn provides experiences to help her clients explore, understand, and cope with their problems. Things that Jaclyn might provide, include psychoeducation, coping skills, and activities designed to work on the specific issues that the client is struggling with. In non directive play therapy the child is in control of their experience, choosing how and what to play with, and will ultimately take the therapeutic experience to where they need it to be.
Play Therapy can help with:
To learn more about Play Therapy, please visit the National Association of Play Therapy website at www.a4pt.org
You can also learn more about Play Therapy by watching the videos below, developed by the National Association of Play Therapy.