When words can be difficult, play therapy offers a way for children to express their feelings.
Play is the highest form of research. – Albert Einstein
One of the most revealing windows into a child's mind is found in their imaginary play. It's also one of the most effective ways that a therapist can join a child in their world, and gain insights to their condition or frustrations. The power of play really can't be overstated.
Play therapy has been shown to:
encourage children to express their feelings, thoughts and experiences through play, aided by toys, puppets and/or other manipulatives while interacting with the therapist.
help to decrease behavioral and emotional difficulties that interfere with a child's normal functionin
improve communication between child and their parents
increase verbal expression
develop more adaptive methods of self-control
improve ability to trust and relate to others
increase impulse control
improve ability to deal with anxiety and frustration
A child may benefit from play therapy if he or she experiences:
excessive worry or fears
non-medical problems with bladder or bowel control
Play therapy is also valuable for children who have experienced:
loss of a family member
sexual or physical abuse
any other traumatic experience
LIFE therapists who provide play therapy usually have a graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling, and are typically licensed as well as have specialty training and experience in providing play therapy. If you feel your child is having a difficult time emotionally, we can help. We have therapists specialized in treating children. Investing in your child's emotional well-being is something no parent will regret. (back)