What is Play4therapy?
Play4therapy is a program for parents and carers to help build a healthy relationship with your child in a playful and fun way, and that has been proven as a good way to bring about a positive change in behaviour.
Often when children and their parents or caregivers struggle with challenging behaviour we focus our efforts at behaviour management. However, a lot of studies have found that an effective approach is to focus on building attachment, increase self-esteem, promote trust in others, and joyful engagement. And this all happens when we develop and strengthen the relationship with your child.
What happens during a Play4therapy session?
In Play4therapy sessions, the play therapist guides the parent or carer and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the adult regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.
Who uses Play4therapy?
Play4therapy can be beneficial for children aged 18 months to adolescents:
- with shy, withdrawn, or clingy behaviour
- with acting-out, angry, or disruptive behaviour
- with defiant, oppositional or controlling behaviour
- with behavioural problems at school or with peers
- who are adopted or in foster care
- who re-engage with a parent after a period of separation
- with trauma due to medical care or serious illness
- finding it hard to engage or connect with their parents or caregivers.
You don’t need a referral.
And Play4therapy is mobile – we can come to you!
Just give us a call on 6164 0501 or drop into our office today for more information.
Our office is located upstairs from the Dome cafe at Level 1, Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Kwinana Town Centre.