Posted: 17th August 2020
Posted in: Occupational Therapy
While it may look like ordinary playtime, play therapy is much more than that. Combined with formal assessments, play based therapy is used by your therapist to gain insight into a child’s functional abilities and where there may be areas for improvement to form a basis for goal directed therapy.
Children use play to learn and express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express it and the toys act like the words with play as the language.
Play provides the opportunity for children to develop insight into internal conflicts and problem solving during social situations to enable them to gain a better understanding of their emotions and how to regulate them to form a good interaction with others as they develop.
Benefits of Play Therapy:
How Does Play Therapy Work?
There is a communications gap between adults and children depending on the age and stage of development, children simply do not have the language skills of adults and at times this can result in a misinterpretation or completely miss the verbal and non-verbal cues to read how your child is feeling.
Since a child can’t adequately express themselves in the adult world, a therapist will join the child in their world on their level where they express and act out their inner feelings.
As they play, children become less guarded and more open with their interactions and feelings to form a strong therapeutic relationship with the therapist and others when they join in play based activities.
Play therapy will differ depending on the therapist and the particular needs of the child and to begin the therapist may like to simply stand back and watch your child interact with their toys and see how they play independently, with others involved and when parents are nearby or included.
Much is revealed in how a child interacts with various toys and how behaviour changes from session to session and from here, tailored therapy goals are assessed and created collaboratively with the family to form a direction for therapy and work towards addressing parental concerns.
How Can Gen Physio Help With Your Child Concerns?
Gen Physio is entirely community based, this means we can implement therapies in the following ways:
If you feel your child may be experiencing some difficulties with:
Get in contact with us now to organise an home visit with one of our occupational therapists for an assessment.
Rebekah prides herself on being able to develop strong relationships with all her clients and adapting interventions to suit the needs of each person to help enable them to achieve their goals.