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  • Writer's pictureCandice Mitchell, MS, LGPC, NCC

The Benefits of Play Therapy for Children with Autism or ADHD

Play therapy is a form of therapy that utilizes play as a means of communication and expression for children, especially for those with a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD, Candice Mitchell, MS, LPC, NCC, EdD in Maryland, states this therapeutic approach allows children to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Play therapy can be beneficial for children who may be struggling with behavioral issues, emotional difficulties, trauma, or other challenges.

One key benefit of play therapy for children is that it provides them with a nonthreatening way to express themselves. Through play, children can communicate their thoughts and feelings in a way that may be difficult to do using words alone. This can be especially helpful for children who may have been through traumatic experiences or who may lack the verbal skills to articulate their emotions.

Play therapy can also help children develop essential social and emotional skills. By engaging in play with a therapist, children can learn how to regulate their emotions, build empathy and compassion for others, and improve their problem-solving abilities. These skills can be crucial for children as they navigate the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence.

Another benefit of play therapy is that it can help children build self-esteem and confidence. Through play, children can take risks, make choices, and assert themselves in a safe and supportive environment. This can help children feel more confident in their abilities and more secure in their sense of self.

Play therapy can also be effective in helping children manage and overcome behavioral issues. By using play as a medium for therapy, children can learn to identify and address problematic behaviors, as well as explore healthier ways of coping with stress and anxiety. This can lead to improved behavior both at home and in school.

Overall, play therapy can be a valuable tool for helping children work through various issues and challenges. Play therapy can help children develop essential social and emotional skills, build self-esteem and confidence, and manage and overcome behavioral issues by providing them with a safe and supportive space to express themselves. If you believe your child could benefit from play therapy, consider contacting a Fundamental Solutions Psychotherapy provider specializing in support and guidance; play therapy can help your child thrive and reach their full potential.

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