Play Therapy

Communication with children is separated from communication with adults, at this point, it is fundamental in play therapy to enable the child to express his feelings with play.

Treatment with play contributes to the mental, physical, emotional, social and psychological development of the child.

What is Play Therapy?

1) The therapist should establish a warm and friendly relationship with the child. This ensures that the relationship between you and the child is established in a short time.

2) The therapist accepts the child without judgment in his communication with the child, and there is no interference with the child during the game.

3) The therapist should recognize and notice the emotions expressed by the child, which emotions stand out and what kind of behaviors are exhibited should be well monitored.

4) It plays an important role in the information received from the family in Play Therapy.

5) Play therapy should be non-directed and should proceed in a way that allows the child to express their feelings. It should be looked at how the child makes contact with the toys, without displaying a hasty and confounding attitude to the child.

6) Observe how the child plays with the materials during play. (Does he play loudly? Does he hurt? Is he angry or affectionate?) Which instincts come out?

The toys and materials in the play therapy room should be suitable for the age of the child, and their variety is determined by the therapist in the light of the information received from the family, but it is not interfered with which toy the child will choose and how he will play.

Not every child can feel safe and open about play therapy right away, and this may take some time. It is necessary to wait for the child to trust the therapist and not to rush for this trust. It would not be right to set a definite number of sessions and a time in the healing process beforehand.

Children experience different reactions and moods when they come to each session, and these feelings should be monitored closely. In Play Therapy, it is important to be respectful to the child, to accept the child as he is, to allow the child to behave as he/she wants, to reflect the child’s feelings, not to accelerate the child and to establish the boundaries of the therapy.

It is important in play therapy to observe the negative emotions that the child expresses during the game, to catch the contradictory emotions, to question the dominant-positive attitudes and to talk about them.

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