Play is a child's language and toys are their words
Play Therapy is a means of creating a relationship with children or young people, in which play is the first (or most important) way in which they communicate (wilson 2000). Almost the same as adult counselling the aim of this experience is to bring about change in the child's world.
In Non-Order Child-Centred Play Therapy, the therapist enters the world of the child, following the
child's lead, developing a safe place and a relationship of trust. It is here the child can express thoughts,feelings, experiences and behaviours through play, as the child's natural language.
Ordinary talking therapies maybe inappropriate for children as it is often hard for children to talk about how they feel and how things have affected them. In Play Therapy, toys are their words and play is their language
Play therapy is very effective in addressing the following struggles for children:
• Aggressive behaviours
• Family separation
• School refusal
• Separation anxiety
• Sleep disturbances
• Socialisation issues