Play is our brain's favorite way of learning
One of the most effective treatment modalities for children is Play Therapy.
Play is critical to the emotional and cognitive development of young people. Play allows children to explore their environment, practice new skills and communicate their inner experiences. Children who struggle with emotional, behavioral and/or social challenges may benefit from play therapy. This may include family stress, divorce/separation, witnessing violence, abuse or neglect, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, attention difficulties or school problems. Play therapy helps children to communicate, learn skills for coping with stress and learn to regulate their emotions. Children learn to resolve emotional issues through play. Our approach to therapeutic intervention with children is attachment-focused, meaning that the parent or caregiver is usually involved in the therapy session. Parents are taught techniques for helping the child to soothe herself as well as playful ways to promote healthy parent-child attachment.
Our play therapists are licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) who have specialized training in parent-child attachment, interpersonal neurobiology and play therapy techniques. They work with the child and parent or caregiver to promote healthy attachment and resolve emotional or behavioral issues through playful interactions. Parents or caregivers are often included in all or part of each therapy session and will be offered tools to continue supporting their child through the therapeutic process.
Benefits of play:
Play helps children build relationships with the key people in their lives and enables them to build resilience in the face of life's greatest challenges.
Participating children became significantly less depressive, anxious, angry, isolated, aggressive, and oppositional. They became significantly more joyful, pro-social, and independent.