Children’s Therapy

Childhood is precious.

This special time is also one of incredible growth for our little ones. Children struggling with mental health difficulties often manifest those in their behavior – “acting out,” for instance.

For parents and caregivers, it can be a challenge to determine what is normal or age-appropriate.

 

Common Signs of Stress or Mental Illness in a Little One’s Life
  • Excessive fears and worries
  • Extreme hyperactivity
  • Sudden decrease in school performance
  • Physical aggression
  • Bullying other children
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Loss of interest in friends or favorite activities
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Excessive worry about weight gain
  • Sudden changes in sleep habits
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Irritability
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Frequent anger
  • Low energy or motivation
  • Defiance to parents and/or teachers
  • Changes in hygiene
  • Childhood depression

 

Benefits of Play Therapy
  • Children learn to identity and express their feelings.
  • Children learn new coping skills to manage their feelings.
  • Children develop self-confidence.
  • Children develop hope.
  • Children release stressful feelings.
  • Children release stressful and/or traumatic memories.
  • Children develop healthy routines.
  • Children develop emotional/behavioral connections.
  • Children learn and develop self-respect.
  • Children learn and develop respect for others.
  • Children feel safe.
What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults.

This form of therapy uses play to help children express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. It allows a child to explore their thoughts, emotions and events in their life at their own pace and in a way in which they are most comfortable.

Play therapy is the most appropriate method of treatment for children who are having difficulties coping with life situations. Though children lack the cognitive skills to express themselves with words, they are fluent in the language of play.

Play therapists are specifically trained to provide an environment of acceptance, empathy and understanding in the play therapy room. Play therapy is not the same thing as playing.

Play therapy uses a child’s natural tendency to “play out” their interactions with life situations, in the presence of a trained play therapist, to help that child feel accepted and understood and gain a sense of control or understanding of difficult situations.

Play therapy has been effective in dealing with a variety of issues:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior problems
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Trauma (divorce, separation, abuse/neglect, foster care, adoption)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Anger Management
Horizon’s Play Therapy Center

We have a wonderful and culturally sensitive playroom to address all childhood challenges from anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, aggression, ODD, ADHD and other behavioral issues.

Why play therapy? Play is essential to human growth, development, learning and cultivating relationships. Play is a natural process that regulates emotions, reduces anxiety, promotes creative thinking and problem-solving, and elevates self-esteem.

We provide a wide range of expressive therapies for children and tweens that include play therapy, sand tray therapy and art therapy.

 

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