Group Play Therapy is now available at Therapy Inc! Suitable for children ages 5 to 12. Get in touch with our Play Therapist to learn how your child can benefit.
With Play Therapy becoming a mainstream, go-to therapy treatment option for children, researchers have been able to study the effects of Play Therapy on children who display impulsivity, disruptive behaviors, and social skill deficits such as ineffective communication skills.
Group play therapy is the natural combination of two effective therapies. Children learn about themselves through conversation with one another in play therapy and group therapy, which is a psychological and social process in which the therapist has the chance to assist children in resolving the challenges they face. One of the most crucial aspects of a child's existence is playing. Through play, kids can learn the most crucial fundamental social skills and grow. Play allows a child to explore his or her surroundings by playing with play equipment. Playing improves the quality of life by developing creative thinking.
What researchers have found is that Play Therapy has a positive impact on children. The outcome of numerous studies showed that children displayed a significant increase in self-esteem, which ultimately allowed for a heightened level of functioning and overall increased ability to engage in socially acceptable behavior.
How does Group Play Therapy work?
Children develop interpersonal and intrapersonal insights and skills through group play therapy while forming a feeling of community with other group members and receiving consistent, accepting, and compassionate understanding from the Play therapist. Children have the chance to explore and realize who they are thanks to the relationships and sense of safety that are formed during group play therapy.
The Play Therapist handles misbehaviors, keeps the attention of fidgety children, teaches social skills, and emotions as well as life skills through specially created games and a regimen of continuous reinforcement techniques. The group activities and games give the children in the group a sense of agency and motivation. It supports self-esteem development, teamwork, and enhances conflict resolution skills. Any fear and discomfort associated with learning go away in this enjoyable environment. All these skills learned in the playroom are transferable to other social contexts and circumstances.
What are the benefits of group Play Therapy?
Child developmental experts believe that a child's emotional intelligence develops through learning, awareness, and practice. When your child is learning to identify emotions or express their emotions they are also learning how to regulate themselves and communicate.
In Group Play Therapy children are to learn what it means to have empathy for others, through the connections and relationships formed within their group play therapy sessions. It is a space for them to explore, express, and experience all these feelings, ideas, thoughts, and these positive experiences also do wonders for their self-esteem. The sessions are facilitated by a qualified play therapist. This makes the experience very natural and real so children are able to learn from each other.
The most important element is that these skills are transferable, and become very useful for your child's first day at a new school or extracurricular activity. As they grow older, they are also better equipped to handle complex social situations and deal well with the stresses that can sometimes come with them.
If you would like to speak to a qualified Play therapist to learn how your child could benefit from play therapy, click here to get in touch today or want to know if Play Therapy could be right for your child take our quiz!