As parents, we often end up not knowing how to help our children on an emotional level. If only we could make sense of what our children really need or ask for.
For children, play is a natural way of exploring life. When they are busy with role-playing or art projects it gives them the freedom to try different ways to solve difficult challenges.
One of my younger clients' parents were disappointed because their son was more aggressive than before. Even his friends saw it and they were starting to avoid him. He got angry and, in the moods, he would scream and shout and even say rude things. Play therapy helped him to discover how to react and what to do differently. He made an anger gauge to remind himself of what needs to happen when he does get angry.
Within a few weeks, he was able to identify his feelings and develop a plan and a solution.
We have special books like, "What is happening to me?", that will help your child relate to the feeling of anger and learn how to manage it. The same goes for sadness, anxiety, depression, sibling rivalry, gaming, and social media.
You might notice that your child is sad, disruptive, rebellious, and unable to cope in the classroom. At school, teachers might say that they struggle with focused attention. Play therapy is a very powerful tool to resolve emotional turmoil.
We might not even know why our child is unable to tell us how they feel. Children just do not have the verbal ability, adequate enough to put words to feelings. Children learn about themselves, others, and their world through play. Developmental issues can have an impact on the child's schoolwork.
Teachers have to focus on helping all the children in a class to learn. They have a lot of lovely children with individual needs. Teachers don't always have the extra time or resources to help when it comes to emotional stability. This is where play therapy can help as a powerful tool.
Mental health in children is crucial and through play therapy, the child's mental processes will be stimulated for them to help themselves and to solve problems in a safe environment. Online counselling and play therapy help to regulate emotions in turmoil.