At My Therapy House® the Early Childhood Educator works as part of the multi-disciplinary team to help families understand and support their child’s development through play. She uses 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 Early Childhood Educator works using a relationship based social-emotional development approach taking into consideration each child’s unique play styles, passions and preferences. She works in collaboration with the DIRFloortime® certified Occupational Therapist and DIRFloortime® certified Speech Pathologist to facilitate the child’s/young person’s regulation, shared attention, engagement, reciprocal interactions, and problem solving. She uses Play Therapy principles with school-aged children who have difficulty socialising with others, understanding relationships and fitting in with their peers. Through play, she can explore a variety of themes and support the children/young people develop skills such as flexibility, adaptability, resilience, friendships, sharing, social and family norms, fears, beliefs and values, social communication, comprehension and connection. The Early Childhood Educator uses assessment tools together with the child’s/young person’s parents and educators to determine what areas of play, interaction and social development the child or young person may need the most support in. Please contact us to find out 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