It’s common for children to have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. In therapy, kids talk and complete activities that are geared towards teaching them how to work out their problems, manage their emotions, and express themselves.
What Do Therapists Help With?
What Happens In Therapy?
At first, the therapist will meet with you and your child to talk. They will ask questions and listen. This helps them learn more about your child and the presenting problems. A treatment plan will also be developed at that time.
During subsequent visits, your therapist will meet with your child individually and may utilize techniques, such as play or art therapy. During sessions, your child and therapist will:
Talk. Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. When your child puts feelings into words instead of actions, they can act their best.
Do activities. Your therapist may use activities to teach your child about feelings and coping skills. This could include drawing or playing as a way to learn.
Practice new skills. Your therapist will help your child practice what they learn. This is often accomplished through playing games where kids need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, and try again.
Solve problems. With older children, your therapist will ask how problems effect them at home and at school. Together, they’ll talk over how to solve these problems.