Theraplay ® is a great way to connect with your child, as well as have fun and explore your own inner child. For many parents who may not remember playful experiences between themselves and caregivers, it can be difficult at times to be “present” with their child in and out of play. Research continues to argue that playful interactions between parent and child create a deeper attachment and sense of security in the long run. The Theraplay Institute describes this model as, “a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun (Theraplay Institute, 2014).”
Benefits of Theraplay for parents and children
1. Deeper connection with one another through daily interactions
2. Heightened trust and security
3. Fun activities that parents can learn to implement at home
4. Stronger bonds within the adult and child relationship
ChristianWorks for Children is committed to building stronger family connections through Theraplay. We have a number of licensed therapists who have been formally trained in Theraplay Level-One and Level-Two principles ready to serve you and your family. Experience the benefits of Theraplay today. Contact us for more information.