What is play therapy?
Playing is a process carried out by the processor in an orderly manner using the therapeutic ability to help the child deal with the psychological problems they are facing and to prevent future problems.
Play shapes the child’s personality and contributes to their development of mental, emotional and psychological problem-solving skills. It is among the most important and most successful methods of therapy, especially with children who got bored of traditional methods.
How does play therapy work?
At first play therapy helps to club the relationship between the child and therapist. This relationship will help a lot in dealing with the child during play because the child will talk easily about his feelings and sentiments through play.
Play therapy usually deals with disability, whether physical, psychological or social. On the other side, we use play therapy for the prevention of and raising the child’s awareness of the things they may face in life.
What are the effects of play therapy?
- Through play therapy sessions, the child learns many things and is able to better organize their emotions and expressions
- It also shows the strengths and weaknesses of the child
- It helps to discover the child’s creativity and talent by playing
- It makes the child more self-confident and respectful of others
Playing provides a safe environment for children’s treatment, making them accept their thoughts and feelings without a court ruling which would accept the child for the pain.
Signs your child needs to join a play therapy program:
- Lack of self-confidence
- Frequent anger
- Anxiety, unhappiness
- Non-mature behaviors
- Lack of ability to learn
- Trouble sleeping and eating
- Extreme shyness
- Inability to adapt to changes in the family
- Children who suffer from the disease
- Children who have been subjected to ill-treatment
- Children who have witnessed violence
Afnan Ali Alharbi
Master in DATP
From Swansea University