Play therapy for Children aged 5 to 12
Play Therapy can be implemented as a treatment plan typically for clients 5 – 12 years of age. Play Therapy (including, but not limited to play, sand tray and art therapy) treatment plans can be utilized as the primary intervention or as an adjunctive therapy for multiple social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
Play therapy can be effective with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, and general stressful experiences from home, school or social situations.
Counseling sessions involving play help 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.
- Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.