Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play TherapyAcadian Care is offering play therapy at our Mandeville and Covington Locations.

Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands our way of growing, seeing the world and exploring the things around us. Play allows us to try before doing, it reduces stress and improves cognitive ability. Play increases creative thinking and connects us to people in a playful manner. Play allows us to develop and learn about our world.

At Acadian Care, we understand that play is the language of children. When we use play therapy we are providing them therapy in a language that they understand. Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that allows us to assist with the normal communication and learning processes of children. Play therapy assists with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters. Play therapy can help directly or indirectly with other common concerns such as ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), anger management, social skills concerns and sibling rivalry.

Play therapy differs from regular play by allowing the therapists to develop situations where the children come up with solutions to solve their own problems. Play therapy focuses on a natural way for children to learn about themselves and to learn how to discover solutions and problem solving techniques to approach their own feelings and problems in everyday life. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills. They can learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to development.

When children try to solve their own problems with what they think will help and the situation is not removed, children then may choose to act out as a result of frustration. Play therapy allows trained mental health practitioners who specialize in play therapy, assess and understand children’s play. Play therapy provides children the opportunity to cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. By confronting problems in the clinical play therapy setting, children can discover healthier solutions.

At both our Slidell and Mandeville clinics, Acadian Care, is provided by the majority of our therapists. We understand that play therapy is a potentially rewarding and effective therapy approach that can help a child.

If you are interested in starting play therapy or if you have any questions about play therapy for your child please contact us today.