Can Play Therapy help my child?

Can Play Therapy help my child?

Some people believe that letting children play is unproductive, and that it wastes their potential to learn other more important things. Play is often used as a reward for doing something approved by parents and also to be taken away as a punishment. However, play can be so much more than that.

Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and counselling that uses play in a non-directed method to allow the Child to lead therapy sessions. This process reveals and reflect the child’s behaviour back in such a way that the child can confront their own behaviour, giving the therapist a powerful diagnostic tool to determine the cause for any issues.

Here’s why you should consider play as part of a powerful toolkit for the full development of children. It is also applicable to children with special learning needs.

  • Play allows children to learn how to develop a better sense of their abilities and gives them more confidence.
  • Play allows children to develop creative problem solving abilities.
  • Play allows children to learn about empathy and respect for feelings of others by giving them space to get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings.
  • Play will give children a new avenue to learn how to express their thoughts and emotions.
  • Play helps to teach children how to be responsible for their actions

The therapeutic process involved with play is different from normal play. Play Therapy is a structured method developed and guided by counsellors that build upon the natural way children learn about the world and their relationship to it (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002).

Hear it directly from a professional Play Therapist, JULIE BURTON.

  • Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist
  • Accredited Clinical Supervisor
  • Senior Course Director with The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC)
  • Overseas Training Coordinator (APAC)
  • Associate Tutor at Leeds Beckett University
  • Accredited Member of PTUK (Play Therapy UK)

College of Allied Educators offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. Awarded by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, UK, (APAC), these programmes will allow students to further explore ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system, which includes schools, families and a team of support. They will also introduce you to developmental practices, types of play therapy, legal frameworks, assessment, protection procedures and therapeutic interventions.


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