Developmental play therapy focus on the language of children. That language is play and art. Play encourages children to take risks and learn about the world around them. Play supports healthy brain development, helps children develop their identity and provides them with a sense of control.
Outlined by Caroline Essame, developmental play mirrors early art making stages in childhood. These include:
Stage 1: Mess and Exploration
Stage 2: Control and Order
Stage 3: Symbol and Meaning
Stage 4: Narrative and Identity
At Daylight Creative Therapies, our approach is to meet the child at the stage that they are in, so as to support them in working on where they may be stuck in order to move on to the next stage of learning, engaging with the world around them and reaching their full potential.
For more information about this approach:
Duration: 60 minutes
All sessions are by appointment only.
What you can expect in the 1st session:
- Fill up a short intake form for yourself and your child.
- Discuss what has brought you both to developmental play therapy.
- Ask questions.
- Decide on the frequency of future sessions,
*All sessions are private and confidential.