Play Therapy – what is it and how does it work?
Play Therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses Play (Art, Clay, Sand, Drama, Puppets, Music) to explore and work through emotional, social, developmental and behavioral issues. Research shows that between 74% and 83% of children receiving play therapy (delivered to Play Therapy Ireland standards) showed a lasting positive change in social integration, personal growth, and development.
Play Therapy is a beneficial intervention for any child, including those experiencing:
- Significant loss: such as divorce, separation, bereavement;
- Trauma, present or past;
- Anxiety, stress, depression;
- Developmental delay or learning difficulties;
- Transitions: Moving, Changes in family dynamics etc;
- Challenging behaviour;
- Low Confidence and Self Esteem issues;
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD);
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
Play Therapy Sessions
The Play Therapist will hold one-to-one Play Therapy sessions in SensorySpace for children aged 3-12* and facilitate (themed) Creative Arts Workshops & training sessions for children, parents or teachers.
(*One to One Play Therapy Sessions: Minimum Contract – 12 sessions).
The Goals of Play Therapy:
- It provides a safe, confidential & supportive environment to work through difficulties using play, instead of traditional talking therapy;
- It can help to develop self-awareness, problem-solving, coping and resilience skills;
- Supports emotional healing and personal growth;
- It provides a structure to build confidence, creativity and encourage focus through directive activities;
- It offers the child the opportunity to improve and practice social skills (Group Play Therapy);