Play Therapy for Kids

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We help your child using proven play therapy techniques deal with life’s challenges like divorce, bullying, trauma, and a variety of other issues children face today.

Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy 

Your child or adolescent may participate in play therapy or sand tray therapy as a part of therapy at Life Skills Resource Group.  Play therapy might involve building, arts and crafts activities, books, puppets, figurines, board games, or pretend games like house, restaurant, doctor, or dress-up. Sand tray therapy involves the use of symbols (small figurines, toys, shells, rocks, and other items), to build a world in the sand.  Sand tray is different from play therapy in that it can be used with adults and teens as well as children of all ages.  Play therapy and sand tray therapy might look a lot like just playing, so it is reasonable to wonder what makes play therapy or sand tray different from just playing.

Children often do not have the words or the understanding of their feelings to talk through what is going on for them.  They may not be able to explain why they feel or act a certain way.  In fact, many adults even struggle to answer these questions.  At younger ages play really functions as a child’s way of expressing him or herself.  Play is essentially words for kids.  Play therapy and the sand tray offer a non-verbal way for children and even adolescents to process their feelings, their actions, and what is going on in their lives.

In building a world for sand tray whatever one feels is important can be included in the world, and the world could focus on any topic.  Building and working inside this world may help to make sense of the world, to explore an issue without the fear of directly talking about it, and to feel more in control of a situation.

There are many reasons why a child could benefit from play therapy or sand tray work. Listed below is a sample of some of the issues a child could work through in play therapy or sand tray therapy.

  • Anxiety
  • Anger, defiance, behavioral issues
  • OCD
  • Transition such as divorce, starting a new school, moving
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Low self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Social pressures

Here at Life Skills Resource Group we have four therapists who are ready to work with your child or children.  Amy Smith, MS is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, Jessica Conaway, MS is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Elena Sledge, M. Ed, is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern.  Amy, Jessica, and Elena have extensive experience helping children who are hurting or in need of tools to manage everyday issues.  Parents will be an integral part of the counseling process however children will be the main focus of play therapy as well as any sand tray work.

Most of the time you will probably will not be involved in your child’s play as part of play therapy or building a world in the sand tray.  However, if your child does invite you to join in play therapy or to view their world, the therapist will guide you on the things you will need to know to help facilitate the therapeutic process.

Play therapy is best suited for children age 3-12, however often adolescents and teens find comfort in utilizing some of the play therapy activities while navigating their way through the therapy process.

Call our office today at 407-355-7378 to schedule a free phone consult or visit Amy Smith, Jessica Conway, or Elena Sledge’s page to learn more about their individual skills and approach to counseling.

We look forward to helping your child live their best life with all the tools necessary to be successful in life.

Proudly serving clients in Central Florida’s Orange County and Osceola County, including Orlando, Southwest Orlando, Dr. Phillips, Metrowest, Windermere, Gotha, Hunters Creek, Hunter’s Creek, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Celebration, Southchase, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Lake Wales, Southchase, Bay Hill, Clermont, Lakeland, Minneola, St. Cloud, Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Mount Dora, Davenport, Haines City, Conway, Groveland, Azalea Park, Sebring, The Villages, Avalon Park, UCF, East Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Oviedo, Maitland, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Longwood, Apopka, College Park, Orlando, Dr. Phillips, Metrowest, Windermere, Gotha, Hunters Creek, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Celebration, Southchase, Orange County, Osceola County.