FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PLAY THERAPY
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Although all children experience hurdles in life, some need more help than others in getting over them. If you child is experiencing significant difficulty at home, with peers, in school, or in the community, and there is no medical reason, play therapy may be beneficial.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is to children what psychotherapy is to adults. Children do not have the vocabulary or insight of adults, so it is difficult for them to talk about things that worry them. Play Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication and learning processes of children. Toys work like the child's words and play is their language. A Play Therapist works with children to help them learn adaptive behaviors, develop positive relationships, and to help them experience emotional healing.
What kinds of problems are helped in Play Therapy?
Studies have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of Play Therapy for concerns such as anger management, grief, loss, family dissolution, chronic illness, anxiety, and trauma. A directive type of Play Therapy is effective for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorders. Children with autism spectrum disorders, social skill problems, and low self-esteem also show improvement with Play Therapy.
How do I get the most out of Play Therapy?
It is important that your child feels safe to explore and communicate his or her issues, therefore; I ask that you not question your child about what went on in the session. Your child needs to feel emotionally safe and will tell you what he or she is comfortable talking about. If there are issues we need to discuss, I will talk with your child about discussing them with you and we will talk about them in our parent sessions. I will always immediately discuss issues that arise which pertain to your child's safety or the safety of others.
Will I be a part of my child's therapy session?
Parental involvement is essential for making positive change. I will meet with you periodically to discuss your child's progress and to help you with effective parenting tools to help your child at home. You will also be provided a form to fill out in between sessions to communicate issues that may have arisen during the week. You can also reach me by phone or email.
How many sessions will my child need?
The number of sessions depends on the difficulties your child is having and how quickly he or she responds to treatment. After I meet with you and your child, I will collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan.
For more information on Play Therapy, please visit the Association for Play Therapy website at www.a4pt.