At My Therapy House® the Development Through Play Specialists work as part of our multi-disciplinary team to help families understand and support their child’s development through play. They use a social-emotional relationship-based approach which includes Play Therapy principles. Through play the child is able to learn to develop and extend their:
  • confidence, creativity, curiosity, ideas, imagination, sequencing and adaptation skills
  • ability to socialise with others; ability to explore different play modalities (e.g. pretend play, sensory play, role play, etc.);
  • ability to communicate and use their bodies in a fun and social way
  • resilience and flexibility when playing with others

Our Development Through Play Specialists take into consideration each child’s unique play styles, passions and preferences. They work in collaboration with the DIRFloortime® certified Occupational Therapist and DIRFloortime® certified Speech Pathologist to facilitate the child’s regulation, shared attention, engagement, reciprocal interactions, and problem solving.

They use Play Therapy principles with school-aged children who have difficulty socialising with others, understanding relationships and fitting in with their peers. Through play, our Development Through Play Specialists can explore a variety of themes and support the child to develop skills such as flexibility, adaptability, resilience, friendships, sharing, social and family norms, fears, beliefs and values, social communication, comprehension and connection.

The Development Through Play Specialists use assessment tools together with the child’s parents and educators to determine what areas of play, interaction and social development the child may need the most support in.

Please contact us for more information.

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia

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