Play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work. Even Aristotle and Plato reflected on the fundamental importance of play in our lives. Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization, and self-efficacy. Play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival.
What is Play Therapy?
Initially developed around 1900, today it refers to many treatment methods. All apply the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play. Therapists help children address and resolve their own problems.Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of relating.Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and facilitates developmentally appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings.
How Long Does Play Therapy Take?
Sessions vary, they last approximately 45 minutes and are usually held weekly. Research suggests it takes an average of 20 play therapy sessions to resolve problems of children referred for treatment. Some children improve much faster. Serious or ongoing problems may take longer to resolve.