“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” ~Friedrich Froebel
What is play therapy?
Play therapy is a means of communication and creative expression for children.Toys for storytelling or dramatic play and expressive arts materials are useful tools for helping your child express internal concerns, which they may not be able to express fully through talk therapy alone.
Who can play therapy help?
Play therapy can help children of all ages and can be especially helpful in treating infant and preschool mental health issues including: school adjustment, grief and loss, separation or divorce,adoption and foster care, and trauma including abuse, neglect,community and domestic violence, or significant medical conditions.
What are signs and symptoms to look for in my child?
Stress can impact children in different ways, but some signs may include: increased irritability or moodiness, diminished interest in preferred activities, emotional detachment or isolation, lowered self-esteem, difficulties separating, sadness or crying spells, anxiety,hypervigilance, change in appetite or sleep patterns, nightmares,unexplained somatic symptoms, increased aggression or tantrums,and difficulties concentrating.
Play is a child’s primary language
Why play therapy works!