Children are unique. Their ability to cope, adapt, and thrive is remarkable. Unfortunately, there are times when social, family, school, and biological stressors can throw children off their normal developmental track.
Play therapy can be an effective therapeutic tool to help young children with emotional and cognitive processing during periods of stress, changes, or loss.
Children may not be able to cognitively grasp the mechanics and structural changes that accompany stress and changes, and by using puppets, storybooks, pictures, calendars, and other play therapy tools, we show the child through play and imagination how to understand, cope, and adapt in healthy ways.
The goal of play therapy is to work with a child on complicated issues without overwhelming the child in the process. The outcome of play therapy is to indirectly process his/her emotions and thoughts utilizing symbolic play and fantasy. Hence, the child can cope, adapt, resolve, and master the underlying feelings and thoughts to feel better about themselves and the situation.