Play is the "work" of Children
Remember being Luke Skywalker in an epic battle against his father or being lost in your own imagination playing outside on long summer days with your favorite toys?
Author - Bernadene Weskin
Children use their imagination and natural tendency to play to explore and understand the world around them. The crashing of two objects can be to test cause and effect; learning that this movement with these objects will make this sound. It can also be a way to gain control and insight over their world. A sense of knowing that they can control what happens and when it will happen.
Testing the Limits
Childhood problems have a way of snowballing into larger problems if not addressed early. Play Therapy uses the natural instinct of children to explore their world through play to help children explore and manage presenting issues.
A child who is loud and destructive is given the opportunity to explore this in the safety of the play therapy room. Here, they can freely test their limits and learn the skills to gain control over their impulses. An anxious child is guided in exploring their world and developing strategies to overcome their limitations. A traumatized child is given space to explore their experience and understand their own strengths.