PLAY THERAPY A BLESSING
Play promotes the basic skills of attention and memory , advanced skills of problem solving , analysis and synthesis , planning of steps and planning ahead , In short, play promotes intelligence, creativity, language,skills and communication. social development is promoted by game with rules, where cooperative play, not cheating and waiting for one’s turn are promoted. emotional development is a realm that is enhanced to a great extent in play therapy.
as per Erikson (1963) considering playing as the most natural healing process in childhood .
there are many creative aspects of play , such as.
play release tension and pent-up emotions.
play allows for compensation for loss,hurt or failure in fantasy.
play faculitates self- discovery of most adaptive behaviour.
play is a medium of expression , learning , relationship and catharsis.
the therapeutic usefulness of play lies in the fact that it is a natural mode of a child’s self-expression.play also helps in the establishment of rapport and contact with peers since it is interesting, enjoyable and provides for a natural relationship.
play are the best suited therapeutic intervention not only for the children as it can also be incorporated with mental health session with adults.