Children are not little adults, ready to sit and ‘talk through’ their challenges or emotions. Depending on their developmental stages, they may lack the vocabulary to do so, and might have limited awareness and understanding of their own internal experiences. Expecting them to engage in therapy as an adult would, sets them up for failure, and could result in negative
experiences with therapy itself.
As Registered Play Therapists, we believe that Play Therapy is the appropriate treatment choice for children. This structured, theoretically based approach builds on the developmental stages of childhood and not only allows trained mental health professionals to assess and understand children, but also children to express what is troubling them.
“Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems” (Association of Play Therapy, 2019), including- but not limited to- abuse, adjustment difficulties, grief, life stressors, relocation, or trauma.
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