Learn to Play

What is Learn to Play?

Play comes naturally for most children, but for some it is more difficult to initiate creative play. These kids have to learn to play.

Often this difficulty comes because of some sort of emotional blockage common in children that have experienced trauma and neglect. It’s also a common trait for children on the autism spectrum. The child may be unable to self-initiate pretend play, causing repetitive and unimaginative play.

Learn to play is a great therapy for children with social and cognitive struggles which may lead to reclusive or aggressive behaviours.

How can learning to play help?

Learn to play sessions nurture imagination, a vital element for communicating through play therapy.

Learn to play sessions helps the child to break out of repetitive behaviour and engage in pretend play.

The most complex form of play, pretend play can assist children to regulate emotion, boost creativity, engage in abstract thought, develop language skills and build social confidence.

After initial assessment, your child will be guided through weekly learn to play sessions that will help them initiate spontaneous play, further developing their emotional and social cognition.

Do you want to know a bit more?

Let’s organise a free, no obligation free chat.

Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.

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Here’s what our happy customers had to say about their kids and our therapy services:

We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.

Danielle (Mother)
Filial Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.

Karen & Rob (Parents)
Play Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.

Emma (Parent)

My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now 🙂

Mark & Linda (Parents)
Child Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.

Ivan Araujo (Dandenong West Primary Youth Worker)

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