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It's Back to School Season and that means children are back in school learning math, science and history... But just as important, children play, learn how to work with others and that "sharing is caring" all while letting their imaginations run wild.
In recent years, a growing number of noted mental health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well-being as love and work (Schaefer, 1993). Some of the greatest thinkers of all time, including Aristotle and Plato, have reflected on why play is so fundamental in our lives. The following are some of the many benefits of play that have been described by play theorists.
Play is the child's language and ...
Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004).
Meet Play Dr. Hutchison, who is in the business of PLAY! She’s a fully licensed psychologist and Registered Play Therapist (RPT/S) who uses Play Therapy as a tool to help her clients & patients heal and communicate. With her Doctorate from the Center of Humanistic Studies, she’s been practicing since 1999 and has additional training from the Association for Play Therapy. She is also a proud mommy to her two kids, Henry and Honor.
"Play therapy uses the natural communication of play in the therapeutic relationship to accept, respect, and understand clients. This promotes self-directed, positive growth and insight." (Laura Hutchison)
Here's a look in her Play Room, where she teaches children the necessary skills to communicate and excel in life.
So with that said, here are the...
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