Gaining mastery and resolution through the power of play

Gaining mastery and resolution through the power of play

 

Play therapy...

Children's first language is play. Spend time with any child and you will notice that they are either sleeping, fussing, or playing. Long before the child's brain has developed the ability to speak, the child uses play to explore the world and communicate with others. It is through play that children learn about themselves and the world around them. Children will play out important events over and over again until they have made sense of the event and gain some level of mastery. Play gives children a sense of power over themselves, their thoughts and feelings, and the world around them. Play therapy offers children an opportunity to gain understanding and mastery of life's difficulties with the support of a play therapist trained to help the child throughout this process. This often leads to improved ability to cope with frustration, decreases in anxiety and depression, improved behavior, and a greater understanding of thoughts and feelings.