The Hard Science behind Play Therapy – an article by Giuliana Wheater and her video!
Almost all of the therapies I blend and share with children, their families, their teachers and other professionals involved in their growth, are accessed in a very playful, explorative way.
Play therapy traditionally uses tools such as storytelling, creative visualisation, mindfulness, role playing as well as arts and crafts. My own “toy box” extends way beyond those perimeters after 11 years to date of experience and never-ending exploration in my own right!
The importance of play has been acknowledged since Plato and Aristotle and more latterly Einstein who was also on the autism spectrum. Current leading researchers are Carmichael, Schaefer, Landreth and Relly to name a few.
Most importantly play therapy develops that all-important Positive Growth Mindset which is invaluable as we transition into life and the workplace. It nurtures and stimulates problem solving , focus, goal setting, viewing mistakes as learning opportunities , experimenting , exploring , thinking outside the box , learning project management as well as building team spirit , creativity , performance , emotional intelligence, social intelligence, cognitive productivity, concentration, focus, self-esteem and confidence !!
Anxiety is proven to decrease and has had long proven effects with children who have autism, ADHD, PDA and for “looked after” children.
It helps children to grow negotiation skills, stronger family relationships, better bonds with people as well as better memories, motor skills, cognitive skills, and language.
For those who do not have the vocabulary or those who simply do not want to talk, play therapy is extremely effective when processing trauma or working through mental health challenges.
Play therapy has a directly positive influence on classroom learning with happier and higher performing children who are more ready later for the global creative economy.
Currently the gap between mental health policies and educational polices is tremendous resulting in schools being around 50 years behind the workplace. Play therapy massively bridges this gap!
Have a gorgeous week everyone!