Play Therapy For Children

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Children explore and learn about their world through play. Play therapy allows children to communicate there awareness about what’s going on in their world. Furthermore, play therapy to children is similar to what psychotherapy is to adults, it supports children in expressing and exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Play therapy supports the children in discussing feelings in a calm and safe environment using toys to communicate their life perspectives. The premise behind play therapy is that children can use toys to transfer their anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt toward toys instead of their peers or families. The structured environment of play therapy creates a safe place, and through the process of play the children feel free to share feelings, since play empowers children, it may support in the children in distancing themselves from traumatic events and…show more content…
In comparison to adults, the dynamics of expression of thoughts and feelings are different for children; however, children still experience similar fears, anger, happiness, frustration as adults does. Unfortunately, children may experience difficulties in expressing their feelings or acknowledge how they are affected by their feelings. With a qualified play therapist, who presents as caring, understanding, and empathetic, the child will disclose inner thoughts and feelings through play. This collaborative relationship between the therapist and the child, supports the child in exploring his or her personal world in a safe environment. The benefits of play therapy is that it provides an opportunity for the child to live out the experiences (both positive and negative) during play, and also supports the child with the correlative response of thoughts, feelings,
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