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Play Therapy for Children (ages 2.5 – 10)

Play Therapy for Children (ages 2.5 – 10)

Play is the natural language of a child. In play therapy, a relationship begins between your child and the therapist as the therapist responds to the play. Play is the way your child can identify, express and process their emotions and gain new skills for managing them. Play therapy toys are particularly chosen to represent the full range of feeling.

The first session will be only with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child to go over the goals of therapy. The following sessions will be play therapy for the child and touching base with parent(s)/guardian(s) as needed through out the process. It may be beneficial for the therapist to communicate with other important people to your child such as: teachers, coaches, doctors, siblings or friends. This can be arranged as needed for your child’s therapy.

Play Therapy is not necessarily for parent(s)/guardian(s) to figure out the cause of a child's issue but for the child to gain what they need to better manage, gain support for or work through their issue. A lot of play therapy work can improve the child's behavior and well-being without knowing exactly what caused it. 

Play Therapy will benefit children experiencing but not limited to the following:

  • Clinging to parent/guardian or other attachment issues
  • Anxiety, fear or withdrawn behavior, not enjoying what they used to enjoy
  • Bullying, anger outbursts or acting out behavior
  • Parents/guardians relationship is strained or divorce is upcoming or recent
  • Adjusting to a new school or home location
  • Loss/grief over a relative, friend or pet
  • Child has witnessed or experienced a distressing event
  • Any kind of abuse

Resources:
  • Parenting Young Children – CD set by Dr. John Cox
  • Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  • Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell
  • A4pt.org – Play Therapy website

Play Therapy For Children

Therapist, Ariel Anderton, defines Play Therapy with Reconnaissance and the benefits for children.