Is your family frequently disrupted by your child’s meltdowns? Does the school report that your child’s behaviors disrupt the classroom? Is your child angry, withdrawn, sad, clingy, or anxious?
Descriptions of Play Therapy sometimes begin with the famous Plato quote: you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. As a fan of Plato, I enjoy his quotes as much as the next guy, but regarding Play Therapy, I don’t think the quote goes far enough. It’s not just about our discovery of the child, it’s also about the child’s self discovery.
I stumbled onto the significance of play early on in my parenting. It was a moment of deep insight to me—a young parent—when I realized that the toy tools to me were real tools to my son. I had thought of play as a way children pass time as they grow, toys as diversions. Now I had my first insight. It would take many years for me to understand just how much a child’s play was involved with their neuro-physiological development—and I still have more to learn.
My learning took a nice boost early this year when I met Sharon Lucas, LCSW. As we discussed clinical approaches, I was pleased and impressed with not only how much and how well Play Therapy meshed with our pediatric services, but also by how our philosophies and perspectives aligned. We seized the opportunity to add a powerful dimension to our service, dove-tailing with and extending our developmental neuro-physiological approach to incorporate unique cognitive and imaginative elements.
As always, whether and which therapies are appropriate and most effective is best answered by your therapist who will be working with the Creative Team behind the scenes.
If you are interested in Play Therapy, here is some detail provided by Sharon..
Play is a child’s natural language
Play therapy can help a child feel better from the inside
Play therapy can help improve behaviors on the outside
We provide Play Therapy that is child-centered and directive as needed to help children express their thoughts and feelings in a nurturing, validating, and safe space. Your child can process life challenges while exploring and practicing skills that help with self-regulation, self-mastery, problem-solving, and social skills. We coach parents and encourage and support their participation in their child’s therapy.
During Play Therapy your child has the opportunity to integrate and practice skills learned in allied modalities including occupational and speech therapies. Creative’s daily collaboration with customized and comprehensive treatment promotes optimal outcomes.
Toys are carefully selected so that children have the greatest chance of expressing themselves—
all while having fun!