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How Play Therapy Can Help an Introverted Child

Updated: Oct 3, 2023


Introverted children are often misunderstood and overlooked in a society that values extroverted behavior. However, introverted children have unique strengths and qualities that can be nurtured through play therapy.


Here's how play therapy can help your introverted child:


What is Play Therapy?


Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses play as a means of communication and expression. Children are encouraged to play freely, while a therapist observes and interacts with them in a supportive and non-judgmental way. Through play, children can express their emotions, develop coping skills, and work through difficult experiences.


How Play Therapy Can Help an Introverted Child

  1. Play therapy provides a safe space: For introverted children, social situations can be overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. Play therapy provides a safe space where they can express themselves freely without the pressure of social norms or expectations.

  2. Play therapy encourages creativity: Introverted children often have rich inner worlds, and play therapy encourages them to explore their creativity and imagination. Through play, they can develop their own stories, create new worlds, and express themselves in unique ways.

  3. Play therapy develops social skills: While introverted children may prefer to spend time alone, social skills are still important for their development. Play therapy can help introverted children develop social skills in a non-threatening way. Through play, they can practice communication, collaboration, and problem-solving with the guidance of a therapist.

  4. Play therapy promotes emotional regulation: Introverted children may have a tendency to bottle up their emotions. Play therapy can help them learn to express and regulate their emotions in healthy ways. Through play, they can explore their feelings, learn coping strategies, and develop a sense of self-awareness.


If you have an introverted child, play therapy can be a valuable tool to help them express themselves, develop social skills, and regulate their emotions in a safe and supportive environment. Through play, introverted children can explore their creativity, imagination, and unique strengths, leading to increased self-awareness and confidence.


Do you think your Teen or Child could benefit from therapy? Speak to a qualified Play therapist to learn how your Teen or Child could benefit from play therapy, Click here to get in touch today, or if you want to know if Play Therapy could be suitable for your Teen or Child, click here to take our quiz!


Sources:

  1. Axline, V. M. (2012). Dibs in Search of Self. Penguin Books.

  2. Landreth, G. L. (2012). Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd ed.). Routledge.

  3. Meany-Walen, K. K., & Bratton, S. C. (2018). A Systematic Review of Play Therapy Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(8), 2686–2701. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3569-7

  4. Phelan, M. (2017). Introverted Child: A Parent’s Guide. Child Mind Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2023, from https://childmind.org/article/introverted-child-a-parents-guide/


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