Play Heals

       Welcome to Play Heals!

        Website of Play / Filial Therapist

    Betty Skeet

                    What is Play?                         

Play is a natural form of self-expression, a medium for experimentation, communication and learning.  Through play a child can make sense of feelings, frustrations and new experiences.  Play can be joyful and care free but also serious work. Play can connect a child with his or her inner self, and through Play a child can develop the skills needed for relationship.  Playing together can help families communicate better  and in the case of peers, it would promote learning to share and deepen friendships.

What can play do for a Child?                           

Play can help a child in many ways:

*  by promoting the development of physical skills.
*  experiencing and understanding emotions.  
*  experiencing and learning what is 'me' and what is 'not me'.                             
*  acting out difficult situations.
*  practising different roles and activities of daily life.  
*  relaxing and having fun.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a special kind of therapeutic intervention. It is Child- centred and based on play being the child's natural medium of self- expression.  The Play Therapist reflects the young person's actions and  feelings, participating in the play if asked to do so.   Play therapy has different modalities and can make use of a variety of media and techniques to give the child or young person the opportunity  to express, reflect and make sense of his or her feelings.                                                                                                                    

"To 'play it out ' is the most natural self-healing measure childhood affords."       

 -Erik Erikson-