Play therapy is a highly effective tool to teach children at their
level, allowing them a safe environment to fully express and explore
themselves and feel accepted, respected and esteemed.
- Play provides a window to the invisible inner world of the child.
- Play allows the therapist to get behind the defense mechanisms of children and to quickly get to the root of their problems.
- Play is the most natural way for children to resolve inner conflict and heal by playing out their experiences and feelings.
- Positive feelings accompany play, and through the sense of happiness and well being children learn to feel more positive about life, and their ability to navigate life’s difficult challenges.
- Children are encouraged through role-play to try out new behaviors that may never have considered before, and to experience what it feels like to behave in more positive and socially accepted ways.
- Identifying with a toy or story character, a child’s feelings of isolation and hopelessness can be replaced by a sense that the problem is shared by others and is solvable.
- Mastering tasks in the playroom helps children feel empowered, and improves their self-esteem.