Play is the most natural, and developmentally appropriate, way for children to communicate as toys are like words and play is their language. Adults use words to communicate their experiences, thoughts, and feelings and sometimes, expecting a child to do the same can lead to missing out on understanding their entire world. Play therapy helps trained mental health practitioners assess and understand a child’s world by developing a relationship in which the child is accepted, understood, and cared for. This allows the child to feel safe and play out many of their concerns and experiences naturally while identifying their own resolutions, release tension and burdens, and feel listened to. Children can learn how to accept themselves, communicate with others, problem-solve, modify their behavior, develop problem-solving techniques, and how to navigate through life challenges through play therapy.
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