Therapeutic play uses the natural medium of “play” for children to communicate with the therapist and it recognizes that play is a restorative process that is guided by the child. It may be used to assist in alleviating a mild emotional or psychological problem that is preventing a child from functioning normally. A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play and the therapist to observe and provide strategies for the child to cope with the difficulties they are facing. Therapeutic play is not “free time to play” as it is structured and mediated by Edmonton Catholic Specialized Services Staff (Registered Psychologist, Registered Social Worker, or Emotional Behavioral Specialist) who are trained in therapeutic play.
Therapeutic Play helps children:
- Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies
- Develop new and creative solutions to problems
- Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
- Learn to experience and express emotion
- Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
- Learn new social skills and relational skills with family members
- Develop self-efficacy
Therapeutic play may be offered as an option for parents to consider in meeting the complex and diverse needs of their child. Appointment days and times for therapeutic Play sessions are arranged on an individual basis with the parents of the child. The length of a session can range in time from 30-50 minutes depending on the child and will take place over a period of 8-10 sessions. Therapeutic play is provided for children who are between the ages of 3-12 years old. Parents are responsible to transport their child to and from the therapeutic play sessions.
St. Margaret School
HOW TO REGISTER
Registration for Therapeutic Play is based on a referral from the child’s school or is parent initiated.
For more information contact Inclusive Programming (LSI) at 780-989-3000.