That’s amazing news, considering that’s the time in our lives we don’t remember. Research tells us an adult’s self-confidence and self-esteem is created during this very early stage of life. Therefore, we want to make sure all kids get a great start!
Babies and young children thrive when they have caregivers that are “crazy about them!” Good mental health is created through appropriate social and emotional connections with children. So what happens when young children begin exhibit less than favorable behaviors? How do we know what’s going on with them on the inside when they can’t tell us verbally?
Parenting is tough business. As parents, we fear messing up the job in a big way! And, because communication with children can be difficult, play therapy is often used with children because they lack the verbal and cognitive skills to communicate their feelings and thoughts with appropriate words.
Children are extremely imaginative and creative, so play therapy lets them express themselves in a way that feels natural, safe, and comfortable. Some kids are comfortable speaking to a therapist from the beginning, while others open up after a few weeks of play. Even teens who think they are too old “to play” respond well to a combination of art therapy and traditional counseling.