Therapeutic Play and Play Therapy may be offered as a choice to families if the School Learning Team believes a child’s emotional state or behavior is having a severe impact on their ability to engage in learning.
Play can often be an effective medium for a child to express feelings, explore relationships, describe experiences, or recover from trauma. Children often do not have the language development to communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world. In therapeutic play and play therapy, toys are viewed as the child’s words and play as the child’s language. The therapeutic sessions allow children the opportunity to explore emotionally significant experiences comfortably and safely through the symbolic representation the toys provide.
Therapeutic play and play therapy are based on developmental principles and provide developmentally appropriate means of expression and communication for children. They provide an opportunity for children to explore their anxieties and fears and distance themselves from traumatic events and experiences.
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