Play therapy: Strengths and Weaknesses Thebenefits of play therapy include: increase the children’s confidence and focus;allow children with communication problems to speak out, to help children toaccept his own past trauma, to keep the child moving forward, to increase hisimagination and creativity, to enhance his social and communication skills,and, most important, to keep the child in a safe and controlled environment andthey can learn from mistakes (Play therapy register, 2017). Havinga study show that play therapy improves behavioral effectiveness and socialskills. Children who behave socially incompetent may exhibit improper behavior,such as emotional instability, and difficulties in contacting peers.So to dealwith behavioral problems, by playing play therapy, toys and plays become themain expression of children’s skills. Children have the ability to projecttheir feelings onto stimuli.
Landreth describes toys as giving differentsymbolic meanings. Toys and plays are a way for children to express theirnegative feelings and to express positive emotions. The child’s play is notfictional, but a true reflection of his or her subjective reality(Allen , 2015) . Isthere any limitation or weakness in treatment? Like anything else, there’s always a downside. Play therapy is like anytreatment where clinicians may misuse or mistakenly use it, causing the childto shut down their natural development process and thus cause the child toleave.
Sometimes parents see their children only play. Therefore, play therapyis considered by parents to be ineffective, this gives the real play therapista bad understanding and impression. For parents it is difficult to understandthe purpose of “play”, why use this purpose, how to draw conclusionsfrom it is confusing. Therefore many parents misinterpret play therapy,”pay money and play with my kids.” Some children do not respond anddissatisfied parents do not bring their children back. Sometimes It’s hard toexplain how they play. Play Therapy,it does not apply to every child or everyproblem.
Therapists need to be well-trained and continue to monitor playtherapy(Sweeney & Tatum, 1995 ) . Theadvantage of play therapy is that play therapy provides a more relaxingenvironment for children. The play itself is the child’s natural form oftreatment and emotional adjustment, itself contains the benefits of mentalhealth. This setting allows for a more relaxed and intimate relationshipbetween children and therapists. The advantage of play therapy is that it is ina relaxed, non clinical environment that is familiar to children. Playing is anatural way for children to adjust their emotions. Children develop closer tieswith therapists.
Play therapy is most effective when the child’s pain is unknown,and play therapy simply leads to hidden fears and worries through the waychildren play(Creative counseling center, 2017) . The disadvantage of gametherapy is that the study of game therapy is mixed and there is not enoughevidence to support. Some of the reasons for the study of play therapy arevague. Play therapy is often a long and lengthy process that requires patience.Play therapy can be a slow and arduous process (In O’Connor, In Schaefer, &In Braverman, 2016 ) . As a result, it may take months or even no therapeuticsignificance. Play therapy depends largely on the skill of the therapist. Fullyunderstand the history of children’s play therapists, deeply concerned aboutthe personality of children, spend time for each unique child to find the mosteffective way to communicate, in order to create a play therapy miracle.
Finding the right child therapist is the key (Keep your childsafe, 2017) . Play therapy: Skills and Techniques Thereare many different techniques and skills in play therapy(Axline, 1969). In toysand object playing technology : Plush dolls, therapists may provide customerswith plush toys to help comfort their children during the treatment process.
Medical games, a customer who has just undergone a stressful medical processmay have a game check on one of their plush toys, so they can feel a sense ofcontrol. Doll play, therapists can use dolls to create positive, nurturingbehavioral patterns for clients, or to let customers play with dolls to seewhat their instincts are. Client may be abused by their parents if they startabusing dolls. Toy phone playback, customers and therapists may have a toyphone that therapists can ask and administer on the phone healing problems.Client may be more inclined to answer such questions indirectly, if they feeluncomfortable, they can hang up the phone. Sensory games, therapists may letcustomers use shaving cream to play shaving cream, carve it, or even pretend toshave, so that customers can creatively express themselves, feel more relaxedand controlled(Hall, Kaduson, & Schaefer, 2002 ). Metaphorand narrative skills: concrete drama metaphor, therapists may present dozens ofkinds of toys to their clients and then ask them to pick toys that representfamily members.
This will help the therapist understand the client’sperceptions and feelings about their family. An emotional thermometer canpresent an “emotional thermometer” to the client, showing from 0(with a smiley face) to 10 (with a frown face) and asked to list the points ofevents that make them feel different about them on the thermometer (Leggett& Boswell, 2017 ). Storytelling, the therapist may ask the client to tell astory that begins with “Once upon a time.
” This story may reveal theclient’s fear and hope. Role-playing skills: role-playing, therapists andclients may act as a client’s concern, such as the first day of school, so thatthe child can feel the anxiety they are feeling and may realize that they donot need anxiety at all. Superheroes play, therapists may ask client to drawsuperheroes, and therapists can help guests Households understand how theirpersonal strengths are as useful as superpowers (Schaefer & Cangelosi,2016). Why Want ToBe A Play Therapy? Forme, I want to be a play therapist because I like to play. “Playing”is a good way for me to relax and vent my feelings. It is also a good way touse one’s own interest to Counsel others.
This is my first impression of playtherapist. Then, I spent a lot of time to understand the industry, found theindustry’s interesting place. Because of the growth of childhood experience, Ihave a lot of time to get along with the children, learn to use the”play” method is the most appropriate way to communicate withchildren.The simplest, most natural, and ahamani acceptable approach is tobuild relationships with them. The child knows the word is limited, so thewords and the speech express oneself is limited.
But that doesn’t mean theydon’t have feelings, they just don’t know how to express themselves. ThereforeI hope to be able to “play” to help children who do not know how toexpress themselves, they can have multiple ways to express themselves andunderstand themselves. ConclusionStudies havespecifically pointed out that game therapy has improved the internalization ofcontrol and self-control characteristics in homeless children and has shownpositive trends in support development. There are many benefits of playtherapy, but play therapy has not been fully popularized in Hong Kong. Manypeople have no knowledge of play therapy.
Coupled with the absence of aprofessional licensing system for game therapy in Hong Kong, it is felt thatplay therapy is not a profession. Hoping that can have more room fordevelopment in Hong Kong (Bratton, Ray, Rhine, & Jones, 2005) (Siu, 2010).