If you are in search of ‘play therapy des moines,’ we’d like you to consider Real Connections Counseling to help your child. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of play therapy and how play therapy is right for your child.
“Play has the power not only to facilitate normal child development but also to alleviate abnormal behavior.” Charles Schaefer, Chairman of the Board of the Association for Play Therapy-
Laughing, Leaning, Running, Jumping, Rolling!
When two adults come together, they can find a comfortable seat, add a little food and drink, and talk for hours. Children do not have that capability. In fact, many children do not have the capacity for sitting down and having a conversation! They haven’t the wisdom, life experience, or the knowledge that gives a person the ability to sit down and talk about topics that adults sit down and talk about. A child does not have the kind of vocabulary, nor the capacity for conversational comprehension that adults have. Furthermore, a young child’s brain hasn’t fully formed, and they can’t yet think in logic, and in the abstract. And of course, and this is the big one right here, children simply do not have the patience to sit down and have a conversation! No! They need to be up and laughing, leaning, running, jumping, rolling, pushing, pulling, crawling, catching, throwing and playing! We use exclamation points because we think that everything a child does amounts to exclaiming just about everything!
Your adolescents and teenagers have remarkable energy too. Your tweens and teenabers have an added trial…a complex set of hormonal changes happening inside of them. And while they’re able to have a longer intelligent conversation than the younger ones, talking, especially certain types of talking, is significantly difficult for them. They’d rather set themselves off from the conversation a little bit…playing games, drawing, using topics and items that they are familiar and comfortable with to express their struggles, frustrations, concerns and even happiness!
Children Communicate Their Own Way – They Play
Young children, adolescents, and teens do have an intricate, complex, and expressive mode of communication that, when one truly tries to speak their language, parents and adults would be astounded by how much was actually communicated…the language called “play.” Whether it’s in a sandbox, or through board games, or Jenga, your kids know exactly what they’re saying when given the opportunity to communicate. It’s truly beautiful and rewarding to be able to learn how to speak their language.
How and why a child plays, and with what, speaks volumes to what they are processing. Monique is an excellent play therapist, and she love to speak the playful language of a child. Furthermore, she continues to be trained in play therapy by the best this state has to offer.
And so she plays. She plays, watches, and interprets. She also teaches parents, new and old, how to better speak their child’s language.
Who doesn’t like homework that allows you to do something FUN??”
Consider Play Therapy
Consider play therapy. Children have experienced life through stuff like frequent transitions (including hormonal transitions, family changes, moves, deployment or absence of a parent), tragic events, stressful situations, adoption and health crises. Your children – from very young through their teenage years – need to process, just like you do…consider play therapy!
And we also incorporate PLAY with adult relationships! Why do many couples and marriages struggle? Frequently life creeps in and they forget how to PLAY, to date, to enjoy the ‘fun’ of life together. Instead, they get caught in the cycle of taxi-ing kids to and fro, going to work, making meals, paying bills and falling exhausted into bed, maybe with a quick peck on the cheek for their partner.
We want to reintroduce play with the most important relationship in your life: Your spouse/partner! Yes, your kids are important, but if you are in an ‘adult, intimate relationship’ with someone that is helping you parent your kids, then you need that same person to be on the same page as you are and to be there when the kiddos move out and onward to their own lives. Plus, having fun together keeps your relationship happier and more solid, allowing for a safe place for the children to explore their world as well.
We also love the opportunity to incorporate play with families! Teaching families to enjoy and spend time together doing something AS A FAMILY is a great way to build memories and life-long friendships among the siblings. We can use this as part of Family Counseling, or as homework to help your family grow. Who doesn’t like homework that allows you to do something FUN??
Call us at (515) 635-1805, write us at [email protected], or simply come by to the Real Connections Counseling office at 3829 71st Street, Suite A in Urbandale. We’re one block north of Douglas, right on Madison, and then your first right into our driveway. Talk soon!