Play Group Therapy

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Play Group Therapy

Play Therapy is a therapeutic form of teaching that involves actual play time with the patient. It’s obvious to everyone involved in the field that play is such an important aspect of a child’s happiness and their overall well-being. Play therapy, typically utilized with children that fall within the 3 to 12 year range, is a way to encourage children to express themselves.

Play Therapy has the ability to teach and develop a vast amount of skills in children with autism. Therapists can take these play opportunities that your child loves and incorporate lessons within them involving motor skills, coordination, social and communication skills, listening skills, turn taking skills, sharing skills, etc. It’s such an effective way of teaching because it incorporates play and preferred activities for a child into all of these skill deficiencies.

Expressing Emotions

Play Therapy is especially effective for those children who have trouble properly expressing their emotions. A lot of times, these children don’t have the necessary language skills to say what they need to say in a given moment. Instead they express how their feeling with other undesired behaviors like aggression, self-injury, property destruction or tantrum behavior. 

Improvement of Social Skills

Play Therapy sessions will emphasize relationship building. Through the process of interacting and having fun with their therapist, your child is seeing the effects of becoming close with someone and building that trust with another person. Seeing how it can positively affect their day and their mood is going to make interacting with others more attractive for them. 

Incorporated to family time

Inherently, Play Therapy sessions will emphasize relationship building. Through the process of interacting and having fun with their therapist, your child is seeing the effects of becoming close with someone and building that trust with another person. Seeing how it can positively affect their day and their mood is going to make interacting with others more attractive for them.

Develops Independence

In typical learning environments, the child is guided through lessons and essentially told what to do. This is necessary for certain types of teaching, but with Play Therapy, the child steers the experience. They have the ability to pick which activities they are engaging in with play therapy and, for the most part, they control the pace of the session.