What is Theraplay®?
Theraplay ® is for both the child and the parent. A playful practice that can help build the bond between child and parent or guardian, theraplay ® supports parents through engaging in specially designed activities with their child that work to nurture family relationships on various levels.
During Theraplay ® our therapist guides parent and child through select games and activities that are playful in nature, but that have developmental and nurturing qualities.
For children, having a parent or guardian engage with them in their language (of play) communicates a unique type of love and support hard to reach during other parental activities.
Why use Theraplay®
Theraplay ® is an invaluable tool for all families.
Theraplay ® provides parents a tool to help regulate their child’s behaviour while bringing the child a sense of joy, connection and security. Children want to feel understood, safe, supported and most of all, loved. Theraplay ® is a vehicle for all of these emotions to be addressed in a playful and creative way.
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Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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