Play Connect Thrive

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

- Rachel Carson, Author/Conservationist/Marine Biologist

Play is important to the emotional health and the development of children.  Here are some ways that play helps kids:

  • Facilitating healing from past stressful or traumatic experiences

  • Allowing the expression of feelings

  • Help kids to feel supported, accepted, validated, and safe

  • Encouraging creative thoughts and new ideas

  • Building problem-solving capacities

  • Allowing the development of healthy decision-making skills

  • Enabling the communication of problems and concerns to others

  • Supporting the learning of new ways of thinking and behaving

Goals of Play Therapy Sessions

  • Assess the child's overall function

  • Encourage full and appropriate expression of feelings

  • Identify observed or reported clinical symptoms

  • Identify trauma, if any

  • Assess child's perceptions of their world

  • Assess child's developmental level

  • Identify vulnerabilities and strengths

  • Encourage creative thoughts and new ideas

  • Build foundations for healthy communicating and relating

  • Learn healthy ways to correct misunderstandings

  • Build self-awareness

  • Build confidence by facilitating new ways to handle problems and conflicts

  • Teach strategies for self-regulation and control

  • Facilitate abstract and symbolic thinking

  • Build emotional thinking and empathy