Read this post to learn about helping your child deal with fears by playing games.
Are you one of the parents who has noticed a fear of a particular issue in your child’s behavior? The fear that has now gone beyond a simple issue into a problem? Have you heard about helping your child deal with fears through play therapy?
Play therapy is effective in helping your child deal with fears.
How does play therapy work in helping your child deal with fears?
Playing is socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, creatively and linguistically essential for every child’s development.
Play therapy helps a child who cannot easily communicate verbally. Through playing, your child will expresses their feelings and tell you exactly what he or she is afraid of. Sometimes children expres the traumatic injury or fear that they have experienced in an accident while playing the therapeutic games; in fact, in play therapy, they are re-playing a difficult experience that is the source of their current fear or anxiety or problem. This way, the past and what has happened in it is understandable to them, and now it is only natural that they can better adapt themselves to the present and the future.
Relieve fear and stress in play therapy
Sometimes children go through stressful experiences in their lives, which can become a psychological shock, forming of fear and anxiety. These experiences do not usually occur in the minds of children as a natural occurrence but can be trapped in their subconscious as a terrible event. As a result, these emotions that children are confined to and result from the same bitter experiences are found to be problematic in children’s behaviors and emotions.
In order for children to overcome their fears and anxieties, they need to understand the meaning of that scary or stressful event and match it with what they know about their present world. This is known as processing experience, which usually involves expressing the emotions and thoughts of the child as well as a new understanding of that experience, or the source of fear and anxiety. This is the same process that an adult is taking in the face of a therapist talking about it.
But for kids, things are different. Talking about something like fear and using words is a difficult task for them. The point is that kids can express themselves much better by playing rather than talking. Therefore, game therapy or play therapy is a good way for helping your child deal with fears and unpleasant experiences. In the game, kids use their imagination to express their emotions, which is symbolically the case with toys, meaning that they represent an experience or a reason that is the source of their problem in the make-believe game. For example, a child who was in a car accident and now fears the same thing repeats two toy cars in a car accident. A child who witnesses his parents’ quarrels shows a dispute between his dolls. In this way, kids are given the opportunity to play with anything they can’t talk about in play therapy.
Children enjoy playing with toys and playing through difficult situations and unpleasant events in their lives; this symbolic use of emotion is a therapy in itself that helps to make positive changes in the child. When the child is in play therapy with the therapist, he or she has the chance to process his or her unpleasant experiences during the play, thus activating the child’s natural mental developmental capacities and releasing the emotions and memories stuck in the subconscious. And let go. In fact, play therapy activates the children’s innate ability to heal themselves.
New thoughts come and fears disappear!
Throughout the game, creative thoughts are formed and children learn to solve their day-to-day problems by understanding their surroundings. The child may create a new ending to a story that frightens him or her. For example, the child shows this game; someone pushes a doll like a monster or other dangerous character and throws the doll over the stairs. (The fear of falling can be a child’s own fear) Now the kid’s game may shift so that another doll can come to the relief of the first doll. The savior doll can be a superhero, a police officer or a doctor. When the child encounters an injured doll, he realizes that it is not his fault; he is aware that when there is an injury, there are people who come to him for help and make things right.
In fact, it is these children who find their inner strength by creating triumphant and happy endings in the games and improving their mental image of themselves as they realize that they are empowering their mental and psychological worlds and overcoming fears.