Children speak the language of play and the toys are their words. When children use play and creative arts therapies, they are able to create a safe psychological distance from their problems and work out what is troubling them. Through play and other creative arts modalities, like sandtray therapy, art, music and attachment-based play therapy interventions, children and families can heal in a safe space. Play Therapy is the most developmentally appropriate modality for children that:
Offers a safe space to work out challenges and problem solve them effectively
Develops new and creative solutions to problems
Cultivates empathy and raises self esteem.
Play Therapy is most effective for children ages 3-10 and other creative arts modalities are used for older children.
The pandemic tested us in ways we never thought possible. After conducting play therapy for over 20 years, I would have never thought that telehealth could be as powerful as being in my playroom with my clients. Well, I was wrong. I have been amazed at the creativity and healing that has occurred during these sessions. Kids are naturally drawn to computers and they love showing me their favorite toys and introducing me to their pets. Remember: Telehealth does not mean sitting still. Children are sensory learners, so these sessions can be very active. I have really enjoyed doing family work online and seeing parents and children laugh, strengthen their relationships, and witness children decrease anxiety and build resilience.