Social Skills Training and Play Therapy
Socialization is essentially the process of teaching a human being how to live in a world with other human beings. It starts at birth with holding, eye contact, babbling & speech and continues for the rest of our lives. Whether we're hanging out with friends, going to school, working, playing, reading or watching TV, playing sports, singing, eating. We are experiencing some aspect of socialization.
Children who are deprived of the opportunity to be socialized never learn to understand or use the basic tools of human interaction: speech, touch, body language. Socialization therapy is a group interactive session which focuses on children’s social skills, communication skills, group interaction, sharing, co-operation with group members, turn taking, pragmatic skills and conversational skills.
Play therapist uses the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. Play therapy builds the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships with the world around them. Through play therapy children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behaviour, develop problem-solving skills etc. Each play therapy session varies in length but usually lasts up to 30 to 50 minutes. Sessions are usually held weekly. Research suggests that it takes an average of 20 play therapy sessions to resolve the problems of the typical child referred for treatment.