What is play therapy?
Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help children. This may be to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. The aim of play therapy is to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and/or trauma resolution.
Play is how children reconstruct their world in order to understand and master it. It is not just what children choose to play with but also in how they play.
“When young children play, they re-create the world anew. They take what is and combine it with what is possible to fashion new events” (T. Armstrong, The Human Odyssey: Navigating the twelve stages of life).
For children with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger's Syndrome, valuable social integration skills are learnt through play. Relationship building is also focused on in these sessions.
For older children, both play therapy and talk therapy are utilised. The sessions are structured according to what the child brings to them. In this way, important issues to your child can be dealt with in a non-intrusive, all inclusive environment.