All said and done, apart from all the ‘psycho talk’ regarding the advantages of gaming, we have to admit that playing is just plain and simple fun. It’s something we always look forward to doing, irrespective of our age. It is this very reason why revamping play and making it a part of therapeutic treatments is such a laudable innovation.
It is an obvious fact that young children are not as capable as adults in expressing their emotions. Play therapy correctly brings these hidden feelings out by letting a troubled child indulge in the activity that he/she feels most comfortable with – playing. It is not unknown that playing games lets the child exhibit his/her natural behavior, as they are bound to be least inhibited while doing so.
» Besides this, it helps children to improve their communication skills, and enables them to be confident enough to deal with their fears.
»Children who are victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
»Children who have lost a parent, sibling or any close relation
» Children who are survivors of calamities or accidents
» Children with attention deficit disorder
» It puts the child in the right frame of mind to help him/her get over the trauma plaguing him/her.
» It makes the child more friendly and outgoing, and helps him/her bond with their playing companions, who usually are family members.
» They get the opportunity to learn from their mistakes while being a part of a very relaxed environment.
» Play therapy works wonders for kids suffering from low self-esteem or those who are extremely shy. Alternatively, it helps tone down aggression levels in children too.