What Is Play Therapy:
- Play therapy is a form of counseling that therapeutically engages the power of play in a safe and unthreatening environment and provides an opportunity for the child to communicate and express emotions, feelings, experiences and behaviour and therefore resolves internal conflicts and undesirable behaviour.
- Play therapy uses the therapeutic powers of play to help children prevent or resolve internal conflicts and achieve optimal growth and development.
- A play therapist facilitates a client playing with toys to determine the cause of the disturbed/ undesirable behaviour or unspoken need.
- The play therapist is accepting, non-judgemental, present and engaging.
- Children will engage in play behaviour in order to work through their internal conflicts and anxieties without realizing it. In this way, play therapy can be used as an awareness creating mechanism.
- From a developmental point of view, play has been determined to be an essential component of healthy child development.
- Play therapy uses play to tap into the child's world and manner of communication.
- The aim is to establish a trusting relationship with the child whereby the child is able to disclose and explore their emotions freely and without judgment.
What Is Counselling:
- Counselling is a therapeutic intervention, whereby the client is able to talk about, express and deal with any undesirable thoughts and feelings.
- This may include disclosing, exploring and processing difficult emotions, internal conflicts and undesirable life experiences.
- The counsellor provides a confidential, safe, accepting and non-judgemental environment.
- Through counselling the client is able to gain a sense of insight and self-awareness as well as a deeper understanding of the ways in which they engage with others in their world.
Parental Guidance and Support:
- Parental guidance and support assists parents in exploring options or alternatives to the family's current ways of functioning within the family system.
- This aims to assist as well as support a parent(s) with parenting challenges or difficulties that they may be experiencing.
The key areas of focus in this regard include;
- Difficulties in communicating with your child
- Difficulties understanding your child and his/her behaviours
- Challenges with discipline
- Challenges with motivating your child in any area of their life
- Managing adjustments to family functioning following divorce, relocation, bereavement, traumatic event or addition of family members.
School Readiness Assessment:
- The school readiness assessment instrument covers holistic child development and assesses the various areas of development that are important for children to enter formal schooling.
Areas of development:
- Social and emotional development
- Physical and gross motor abilities
- Fine-motor coordination
- Visual perception and integration
- Mathematical or numeracy ability
- Body awareness and self-knowledge
- Language, cognitive thinking and auditory perception
- The school readiness assessment, assesses children who are 5 or 6 years old.
- Parents are guided and are provided with the necessary referrals.