All child development experts agree that children generally learn and develop a lot through play, and those with special educational needs are no different. Play therapy may be beneficial to children who have been diagnosed with or shown any of the following conditions;
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anger issues, Attachment issues, Behavioural problems, Communication issues, Delayed development, Physical disabilities.
Play can be fundamental in supporting the specific difficulties your child might have. For example, if a child has a hearing or visual impairment, play strengthens their other senses through the physical experience and helps them to navigate and explore the world in a safe and supported environment.
If your child has a mobility impairment, play exercises their muscles and improves their overall coordination.
Children on the autistic spectrum disorder may appear to be less social or imaginative with their play. As a parent you may find that they instead show interest in non-toy objects, and get enjoyment from things like counting or sorting objects - this is still playing! A qualified Play therapist uses your child's interests to encourage social and imaginative play, by combining the activities they enjoy.
Play also gives children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) the ability to build strong social and emotional skills that will in turn help them build their relationships with other children. Children with ADHD generally struggle to play socially, because their symptoms, such as having difficulty waiting their turn, can sometimes put other children off playing with them. A play therapist presents a toolkit of skills that allows them a chance to express themselves and exert some energy, and with guidance.