Play Therapy is a form of therapy that extensively uses play activities and toys to explore and improve various psychological issues. It is mainly used with children since it uses objects and activities that are more relatable to their real-life everyday experiences. Hence, they do not feel like they are in a watchful medical or professional setting since they get to play as they do at home.
There are two ways in which therapists usually practice play therapy :
Through observation of the child’s play behavior, both object and pretend, the therapist or counselor can decipher which vital skills have not yet been developed for the child. Following this, they can use specific types of play to help improve those very skills. For example, if a therapist notices that a child is extremely aggressive towards his peers, they may make him more involved in pretend play settings that involve sharing and compassion.
Play therapy improves a child’s mental health as it gives them a safe space to explore their feelings with their counselor, even though they may not overtly realize it. Through different games, a child can work on their coping strategies. Playing in a group helps with refining decision-making skills. Such vital skills are built through play and then are fine-tuned through more real-world situations.
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