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What is Play Therapy ?

Posted by Maira Kalpogiannaki on

 

 

 

Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods. Play therapy is an umbrella term that describes several modalities including:

  • Dramatic play
  • Art therapy
  • Therapeutic storytelling
  • Dance/movement
  • Sand tray therapy
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    Did you know?

    Recent research by PTUK suggests that 71% of the children referred to play therapy will show a positive change.

     

     

    Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach for communicating with children through their form of language. Play is their language while toys are their words. Play is the natural medium of children and play therapy has been proved effective as it is based upon the natural habit of play. Based on the brain development, usually, children have not developed the cognitive or verbal skills to process their feelings and experiences. Trained play therapists provide children a safe, supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic environment for them to process their experiences.

    Two major approaches are 'Non-directive play therapy', meaning that the child is on the lead of the session, and 'Directive play therapy', where the child engages in structured activities which will facilitate positive growth and development and are based upon their individual needs and personalities. A skilled practitioner will adopt a mix of both approaches in order to create a safe pathway to the child's inner world aiming to establish healing. Play therapy can be healing for children who went through a major trauma, or may be going through various transitions in life.

     

     

     

     

     

    In more detail, Play therapy allows children to:

    1. Understand diversity.
    2. Experience a less threatening approach to talk therapy.
    3. Think creatively – encourage new ideas
    4. Express themselves as a metaphor for conflicts, emotions, and relationships.
    5. Allow parents, caregivers, and others, into a child’s inner world.
    6. Respect and accept themselves and others.
    7. Develop self-control, self-responsibility, and a healthy self-esteem.
    8. Rehearse and master skills.
    9. Increase their levels of concentration
    10. Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
    11. Communicate ideas, thoughts, feelings and experiences.
    12. Acquire responsibility for behaviours and develop more successful strategies.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Therapeutic Environment

    Pictologue's playroom is child-friendly and filled with toys, love and adventures. In addition, therapeutic playrooms offer children a great variety of materials (e.g. clay, sand, water, play-dough, art and craft props etc.) and give them the opportunity to participate in many different activities (e.g. role-play, story-telling, singing and dancing, experimenting with colours and marks etc.) all based upon their individual and unique personalities, likes and dislikes.

     

    Please feel free to post any questions and comments that you may have in regards to Play Therapy below. We would be more than happy to hear your ideas and share our thoughts and experiences with you. 

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    What is Play Therapy ?

    Posted by Maira Kalpogiannaki on

     

     

     

    Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods. Play therapy is an umbrella term that describes several modalities including:

  • Dramatic play
  • Art therapy
  • Therapeutic storytelling
  • Dance/movement
  • Sand tray therapy
  •  

     

    Did you know?

    Recent research by PTUK suggests that 71% of the children referred to play therapy will show a positive change.

     

     

    Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach for communicating with children through their form of language. Play is their language while toys are their words. Play is the natural medium of children and play therapy has been proved effective as it is based upon the natural habit of play. Based on the brain development, usually, children have not developed the cognitive or verbal skills to process their feelings and experiences. Trained play therapists provide children a safe, supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic environment for them to process their experiences.

    Two major approaches are 'Non-directive play therapy', meaning that the child is on the lead of the session, and 'Directive play therapy', where the child engages in structured activities which will facilitate positive growth and development and are based upon their individual needs and personalities. A skilled practitioner will adopt a mix of both approaches in order to create a safe pathway to the child's inner world aiming to establish healing. Play therapy can be healing for children who went through a major trauma, or may be going through various transitions in life.

     

     

     

     

     

    In more detail, Play therapy allows children to:

    1. Understand diversity.
    2. Experience a less threatening approach to talk therapy.
    3. Think creatively – encourage new ideas
    4. Express themselves as a metaphor for conflicts, emotions, and relationships.
    5. Allow parents, caregivers, and others, into a child’s inner world.
    6. Respect and accept themselves and others.
    7. Develop self-control, self-responsibility, and a healthy self-esteem.
    8. Rehearse and master skills.
    9. Increase their levels of concentration
    10. Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
    11. Communicate ideas, thoughts, feelings and experiences.
    12. Acquire responsibility for behaviours and develop more successful strategies.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Therapeutic Environment

    Pictologue's playroom is child-friendly and filled with toys, love and adventures. In addition, therapeutic playrooms offer children a great variety of materials (e.g. clay, sand, water, play-dough, art and craft props etc.) and give them the opportunity to participate in many different activities (e.g. role-play, story-telling, singing and dancing, experimenting with colours and marks etc.) all based upon their individual and unique personalities, likes and dislikes.

     

    Please feel free to post any questions and comments that you may have in regards to Play Therapy below. We would be more than happy to hear your ideas and share our thoughts and experiences with you. 

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    10 Easter Dinner table Ideas

    Posted by Maira Kalpogiannaki on

    Impress your Easter Dinner guests with these amazing looking main dishes and desserts. Use your imagination and create amazing Easter themed plates for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some easy ideas that can be made with ingredients of your choice depending on yours and your family's favourite flavours !!

     

    Have a lovely Easter everyone !!!

     

    1. Bunny shaped bread with filling of your choice

    2. Chick cupcakes or muffins (use icing for decorating)

    3.Easter themes sushi puddings (use sweets and marshmallows for toppings and rice krispies in marshmallow cream to make the rice art of the sushi)

    4. Chick eggs

    5. Easter shaped bread of your choice with favorite dip

    6. Carrot shaped puddings (inside you can make a filling of cake, chocolate or rice krispies. Use icing for decorations)

    7. Easter themed biscuits, bunnies and sheep !!! Use buttercream and icing sugar for decorating your favorite flavored cookies. 

    8. Easter themed healthy breakfast for your little ones

    9. Pudding Pie Baskets - can use pastry or apples for baskets and a filling of your choice

    10. And of course, impress your guests with this nest themed cake this Easter.

     

    Good luck and enjoy the holidays this Easter. We hope to see you soon in Pictologue. 

    Let us know if you would like a Picture pack to go along your Easter dinner recipes this year !!

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    10 Easter Dinner table Ideas

    Posted by Maira Kalpogiannaki on

    Impress your Easter Dinner guests with these amazing looking main dishes and desserts. Use your imagination and create amazing Easter themed plates for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some easy ideas that can be made with ingredients of your choice depending on yours and your family's favourite flavours !!

     

    Have a lovely Easter everyone !!!

     

    1. Bunny shaped bread with filling of your choice

    2. Chick cupcakes or muffins (use icing for decorating)

    3.Easter themes sushi puddings (use sweets and marshmallows for toppings and rice krispies in marshmallow cream to make the rice art of the sushi)

    4. Chick eggs

    5. Easter shaped bread of your choice with favorite dip

    6. Carrot shaped puddings (inside you can make a filling of cake, chocolate or rice krispies. Use icing for decorations)

    7. Easter themed biscuits, bunnies and sheep !!! Use buttercream and icing sugar for decorating your favorite flavored cookies. 

    8. Easter themed healthy breakfast for your little ones

    9. Pudding Pie Baskets - can use pastry or apples for baskets and a filling of your choice

    10. And of course, impress your guests with this nest themed cake this Easter.

     

    Good luck and enjoy the holidays this Easter. We hope to see you soon in Pictologue. 

    Let us know if you would like a Picture pack to go along your Easter dinner recipes this year !!

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    Spring Cleaning

    Posted by Bethan de Mel on

    It's still absolutely freezing but the sun is shining with increasing strength and the brave new buds are starting to open up and blossom, making tall dark trees begin to dance again.

    Springtime... It's always exciting, full of anticipation and the perfect time to prepare your home for the year ahead with a good old-fashioned Spring clean!?

    I recommend starting with the playroom or children's corners - it seems more manageable than anywhere else! Here are just a few Pictologue Playroom tips:

    1. Less is more - start a toy rota and hide away half of the toys on offer. This will not only free up more playing space, but it will allow your child to focus, choose and enjoy playing with each item in turn.
    2. Everything has its place - put individual activities or groups of toys together. For example, a musical box, an art and craft basket, a cosy teddy corner, a family games shelf... This will not only look super-organised but help your child to categorise, associate, learn and remember where to find similar and different play things. 
    3. Pretty as a picture - it doesn't take long for too much fun to untidy things here so to help keep your playroom in shape, create labels, stickers or photos so that everyone can help to keep the place looking perfect. If you use Velcro to attach them to toy boxes or shelves, they can double up as picture choices too.  

    Please share your photos to inspire us and let us know if you need any help to Pictologue your Playroom this springtime. 

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    Spring Cleaning

    Posted by Bethan de Mel on

    It's still absolutely freezing but the sun is shining with increasing strength and the brave new buds are starting to open up and blossom, making tall dark trees begin to dance again.

    Springtime... It's always exciting, full of anticipation and the perfect time to prepare your home for the year ahead with a good old-fashioned Spring clean!?

    I recommend starting with the playroom or children's corners - it seems more manageable than anywhere else! Here are just a few Pictologue Playroom tips:

    1. Less is more - start a toy rota and hide away half of the toys on offer. This will not only free up more playing space, but it will allow your child to focus, choose and enjoy playing with each item in turn.
    2. Everything has its place - put individual activities or groups of toys together. For example, a musical box, an art and craft basket, a cosy teddy corner, a family games shelf... This will not only look super-organised but help your child to categorise, associate, learn and remember where to find similar and different play things. 
    3. Pretty as a picture - it doesn't take long for too much fun to untidy things here so to help keep your playroom in shape, create labels, stickers or photos so that everyone can help to keep the place looking perfect. If you use Velcro to attach them to toy boxes or shelves, they can double up as picture choices too.  

    Please share your photos to inspire us and let us know if you need any help to Pictologue your Playroom this springtime. 

    Read more