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 about the presenting problems. During these visits, your therapist 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 kids put feelings into words instead of actions, they can act their best.
Do activities. Therapists use activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. They may have kids draw or play as a way to learn.
Practice new skills. Therapists help kids practice what they learn. They might play games where kids need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, try again, or deal with losing.
Solve problems. With older kids, therapists ask how problems effect them at home, at school. They talk over how to solve these problems.