Play Therapy

Children are not as good as adults at expressing their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Children’s words are toys, just as adults express themselves with words. The game he creates or creates shows what the child wants to tell us. For children, play is a space for expressing themselves, discovering, expressing what they want, conveying their experiences or satisfying themselves. Play therapy is one of the most effective methods to see the mental structure of the child closely, to detect and improve the pathologies, if any. It is important how the child perceives the external reality inside. For this reason, toys mediate the child’s ability to convey his inner world to us.

The game has eight therapeutic powers. These; communication, emotional regulation, relationship development, moral judgment, coping with stress, raising the ego, preparing for life and finally self-actualization. In order to be able to successfully implement all these, it is very important to ensure that the child can easily open his/her inner world to us. If he feels and believes that he is in a safe place, he will easily convey his inner world to us. Through play, children experience and try to overcome by re-enacting the emotions they cannot cope with and the difficulties they have experienced. In addition, play therapy has a healing property as it gives children the opportunity to experiment and rekindle their emotions. Children get rid of the inhibition during the therapy process and can continue the development process from where they left off. In play therapy, the process is more important than the result.

Play therapy can be effective in solving emotional problems, the basis of which is psychological. As an example of these; sibling jealousy, nail biting, thumb sucking, eating disorders, reluctance to study, shyness, school-related adjustment problems, fears and anxieties, abuse and traumas, speech disorders, family problems or changes, adaptation problems after divorce, etc. we can give.

Play therapy children; It helps them learn about the world they live in, express their feelings and thoughts, develop their mental and physical skills, develop effective social skills, and establish strong bonds in relationships. Their self-confidence increases, their ability to take responsibility and fulfill them develops. It helps them to cope with their troubles more easily, to produce solutions and to develop their resistance to struggle.

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