It’s child’s play
CHILDREN can’t consistently express feelings with words. What other options do they have? Play therapy is the help every child needs these days. It is a straightforward and effective process for the betterment of children.
A recent example is what happened to 18-year-old T. Nhaveen who was bullied at school and, in the end, killed by his bullies when they beat him up.
His ex-schoolmates would have been troubled children since they were young. A therapist understands this well enough to bring such issues out in play.
People might have a notion that this process is time consuming. They sometimes say, “It’s just play!” Yes, the process of play therapy is without a single doubt, fun. However, it is also a vital and worthwhile activity, as there is plenty that can be acknowledged and conveyed – and observed.
In the midst of my practicum in school, I had a short play dough therapy session with the students. That’s when I realised that there was more to know about this group of students I was teaching.
The effortless act of simply rolling and squishing play dough can help children in releasing anger too. Sometimes, the children create little
“monsters” or “ghosts” so they can pound them, which is obviously a healthier way of releasing anger than pounding on other children.
It isn’t necessary for all parents to send their children to recognised therapists. Or even buy expensive material because there are recipes online that show you how to make play dough at home.
And even if you don’t think your child has any behavioural issues, it is a great opportunity for parent-child bonding.
Sankita a/p Jayanandan Via e-mail