Revive Child Play Therapy Program

The Revive Child Play Therapy Program serves children ages 3 through 10. It strives to restore joy and peace to children and their families through a method that works with a child's natural way of communication. Children, particularly in the 3-10 age range, are still developing their language skills and struggle with using their words to communicate their needs and feelings.

Given the opportunity, children will play out their feelings and needs such as fear, satisfaction, anger, happiness, frustration, and contentment in a manner of expression that is similar to adults. Toys are used like words by children and play is their language. Play, in the therapeutic setting, "provides a means through which conflicts can be resolved and feelings can be communicated. Feelings and attitudes that may be too threatening or difficult for the child to express directly, can be safely projected through the use of toys."* Play therapy has been demonstrated to be effective with children of all diagnostic categories, except the completely autistic and out-of-contact schizophrenic.

*Excerpt taken from Play Therapy, The Art of the Relationship, Second Edition, by Gary L. Landreth

Filial Therapy is for children (ages 3-10) with parents who are willing to participate in and follow through with this type of therapy. It is a unique therapy which involves the parents as the primary source of change to resolve child-related problems and to encourage their childrens' healthy mental and emotional development.

Filial therapists train and supervise the parents as they conduct specialized play sessions with their children. They eventually help parents move the learned play sessions and parenting skills into the home. "This approach not only helps eliminate presenting problems but also strengthens parent-child and family relationships."* This approach is ideal for children struggling with attachment issues through attachment disruption, adoption, etc.

Filial Therapy is usually complete in approximately 10 sessions, but may be extended if needed. "This approach involves one child and one parent at a time, which permits optimal [absolute best] relationship development and attention to the child's needs. Ideally, all children become involved in play sessions with their parents."* The goals of Filial Therapy are "to eliminate the presenting problems at their source, develop positive interactions between parents and their children, and increase families' communication, coping, and problem-solving skills so they are better able to handle future problems independently and successfully."

*Excerpts taken from Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play, Second Edition, By Rise VanFleet

The Association for Play Therapy has made this video available to increase understanding of Play Therapy.


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