The Importance of Play

Play is one of the principal ways in which children develop understanding explore conflict and rehearse emotional and social skills. A child's medium is play.

In play therapy children enter into a dynamic relationship with the therapist that enables them to express themselves explore and make sense of the world in which they live. Play therapy, and the relationship between child and the play therapist, allows children to internalise this nurturing message and learn healthy self-care skills that they can carry into adulthood.

"Play is the language whereby two separate individuals can find unity of communication" Lenore Terr

Play therapy uses the power of play to help children achieve optimal growth and development and prevent or resolve a range of developmental and or emotional difficulties. As Children often don't have words to talk about their problems, Play therapy is an approach where they can feel that they are understood and accepted by using play as the main communication tool.

Play therapy can be a one to one process between therapist and Child or it can be used for a group of Children with the same focus in mind. Play therapy sessions are conducted in the therapeutic playroom where a wide variety of toys and play materials are made available to the child to explore important feelings and issues.

"Play is Important for all Species" Rise VanFleet

The task of the play therapist is to listen, understand and respond to the child's communication in such a way as to help the Child towards a greater awareness of feelings.

The emphasis in play therapy is on enabling children to move from being at the mercy of hidden feelings to gaining mastery over them.

For play therapy to be effective it is important that the child has some current stability in their home life and a parents/ carer who is willing to support the therapy.

"Birds fly...fish swim...children play!"Dr. Garry Landreth