Play therapy uses children’s natural practice of play to foster physical, emotional and social development. When a child is allowed time for free play or unstructured play, they are given the opportunity to safely express and emotions, learn constructive ways to express thoughts and emotional, develop problem-solving and coping skills, explore and practice social skills develop, increase confidence, responsibility and concentration, and experience emotional healing and growth (The Play Therapy Room, 2009).
Children express themselves more in environments that they are comfortable in so we try to make children as comfortable as possible by allowing them to express themselves in a fun and engaging environment through the use of play therapy. Supplies, toys and games are provided at our center. The play therapy activities are something the children look forward to coming to counseling to do at each visit.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”