hurray for play!
It’s National Play Therapy Week! In the counseling world, this is an important week because it promotes and celebrates what we believe is to be so important. As a play therapist, I utilize games, toys, and other playful activities into the work that I do in order to help children and adolescents feel safe and comfortable in the counseling space. We use toys and games because that’s how kids communicate. When we provide a safe, fun and engaging space for children and adolescents, and even teens and grown ups, magic happens. They open up, learn and share in a different way than if we were just sitting and talking. We can use these moments to work on a number of different issues families are facing.
If you would like more information about play therapy, here’s a link to the National Association for Play Therapy’s website and their parent’s corner. https://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag
“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” Allie Kohn