Therapy using Play
Children are sometimes viewed as adults in miniature…but they’re not…their physiology, skills and capabilities are immature and crucially their brain is very much undeveloped...in its infancy in fact!
Developmentally, younger children lack the cognitive capability to interpret and apply reason to abstract concepts such as emotions and feelings and naturally use the concrete nature of play to interpret their reality. A child may possess good verbal capability for their age but their natural medium of communication is through play.
Play based therapy involves the development of an interpersonal relationship between the child and therapist where communication between the two is primarily through play. The child is free to express thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours through play, externalising what is going on inside for them. Play is to the child what verbalisation is to the adult and can help a child process stressful or traumatic experiences.