Does my child need Play Therapy?
Every child is unique and special but sometimes they experience problems with feelings or behaviours that cause disruption to their lives and the lives of those around them. Parents and carers often worry when a child has a problem that causes them to be sad, anxious, disruptive, rebellious, unable to cope or inattentive. You may be concerned about a child’s development, eating or sleeping patterns and how they are getting along with family, friends and at school. Play Therapy Melbourne provides evidence based child counselling for a wide range of psychological, emotional and behavioural issues.
Some parents and carers often delay seeking help because they worry that they will be blamed for their children’s behaviour. Feeling responsible for a child’s distress or problems is a normal part of caring. The fact that you have the commitment to start addressing the difficulty is a significant part of helping your child.
Disorders with a biological basis
Although play therapy can not ‘cure’ problems of a biological nature such as attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders, it can successfully be utilised as a highly effective intervention before diagnosis, for example, to rule out or determine if the child’s symptoms are transient, due to adjustment problems, emotional issues, or developmental delays. For children who have a diagnosis of a neurological or biological disorder, play therapy can help address the emotional issues that often occur in conjunction with these disorders making behaviours more extreme.
Play Therapy Melbourne can help with concurrent emotional issues of:
- Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Developmental delays
- Speech problems