Play relieves feelings of stress and anxiety, connects us to others in positive ways, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates emotions, and increases ego functioning and balance (APT, 2016).
Play stimulates practice of skills and roles required for mental well being.
Play is a child's language, and we speak that with them. Learning and development are fostered through play (APT, 2016). Play therapy is the systematic use of a validated and reliable theoretical model that is used to establish an intra (deep relationship) personal connection to clients.
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on normal communicative and learning processes of children. The healing aspects inherent in play are utilized in many ways. In play therapy, toys are the child's words and play is the child's language.
Play Therapy is a primary intervention or supportive therapy for:
- Behavioral problems, anger management, grief loss, divorce abandonment, crisis trauma;
- Behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical learning disabilities, conduct disorders.