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What is Theraplay®?
Theraplay improves the child’s behavior and emotional state by strengthening the parent-child relationship from the inside out. In Theraplay, the therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected, and worthy.
How does Theraplay differ from other types of child therapy?
Theraplay treatment is appropriate for all ages, infancy through adolescence and directly involves the parents or caregivers. Because Theraplay does not involve verbal or symbolic understanding, it can be used with very young children or children with developmental delays. It focuses on the “here and now” and is active, interpersonal and fun. Progress can also be made quickly. Theraplay is based upon attachment theory, which is the idea widely accepted by experts that the parent-child relationship is at the core of healthy development. The “Theraplay way” flows easily from the clinical setting to the home for long-term results.
Reasons to Seek Theraplay Treatment
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