Benefits of Incorporating Play into Therapy

Children learn best through play. The same can be said about learning to cope with a behavioral health condition or issue. Play gives children the freedom to explore their emotions in a safe, engaging way while also promoting social development, problem solving, self expression, and other important skills that will benefit them as they age.

Why is Play Therapy for Children Recommended?

According to the Association of Play Therapy, “The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing.”

If your child is struggling with behavioral problems or is experiencing anxiety or distress as a result of a traumatic issue, play therapy can provide an effective approach and positive outlet that allows your child to express their feelings and find productive ways, either on their own terms or with the coaching of an experienced therapist, to help cope with negative thoughts that can affect their well-being as an adult.

Types of Play Therapy

Play therapy is traditionally broken up into two categories:



This approach to play therapy allows your child to practice problem-solving skills on their own. Rather than receiving instructions from a therapist, your child is given the freedom to explore and “learn through play.” The idea behind this method is it strengthens your child’s ability to resolve future issues on their own.



This approach includes guidance and continuous supervision from a therapist to help your child play and learn cognitive skills at a faster rate than if they were learning independently.

Depending on your child’s therapy plan, their therapist may incorporate one or both types of Play Therapy into treatment.

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