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Sensory Play / Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of therapy used when children may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. While it may look like an ordinary playtime, play therapy can be much more than that.


Trained therapists use playtime to observe and gain insights into a child’s difficulties. The therapist then helps the child explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma. Through play, children learn new coping mechanisms thereby redirecting undesired behaviours.

Some potential benefits of play therapy are:


  1. Taking more responsibility for ones actions

  2. Developing coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills

  3. Developing empathy and respect for others

  4. Alleviation of anxiety

  5. Learning to fully experience and express feelings

  6. Enhancing social skills Play therapy encourages use of language and improves fine and gross motor skills.

It is typically used with children between the ages of 3 and 12. Play therapy may be helpful in a variety of circumstances, such as:


  • Facing medical procedures, chronic illness or palliative care

  • Developmental delays and learning disabilities

  • Difficulties in adapting in school

  • Aggressive or angry behaviour

  • Family issues, like divorce, separation, or death of a close family member

  • Natural disasters or traumatic events

  • Domestic violence, abuse, or neglect

  • Anxiety, depression, grief

  • Eating and toileting disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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