For Parents

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Here you will find information that will help you learn about Theraplay, how it can  help your child and the next steps you might want to take.

How can Dyadic Theraplay help us?

Theraplay® is a child and family therapy that focuses on supporting  a child’s positive behavioural and emotional responses through the parent-child relationship. Theraplay helps the child experience previously difficult interactions in new ways, helps overcome fear and increase trust, and creates a positive change in the child’s sense of self. Theraplay® helps the parent be attuned to the child, understand the motives of the child’s behaviour and the underlying needs, manage environmental stimuli, and carefully challenge the child in a safe place.  Theraplay  is appropriate for all ages, from infancy through adolescence.

What does a typical session look like?

Sessions can last between 20 minutes to an hour depending on several factors. Who is in a session can vary too, but often is one parent or carer, the child and the Theraplay practioner. In the session, the practioner guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities, and nurturing interactions. Series of these sessions are interspersed with parent/practioner review sessions which provide reflection and growing awareness of your child’s needs.

How does Theraplay® differ from other types of child therapy?

Theraplay focuses on the parent-child relationship as the most powerful and influential element for change.

• It directly involves the parents or caregivers
• It is active, interpersonal and fun—not “talk therapy”
• Progress can be made quickly
• It focuses on the “here and now,” not what happened in the past
• Since it does not involve verbal or symbolic understanding, it can be used with very young children, children with developmental delays and children with traumatic experiences early in life
• The Theraplay approach ‘flows’ well from a clinical setting or sessions to the home for long-term results

Theraplay® has been used successfully to help children experiencing a variety of challenges including

• Defiant, controlling or withdrawn, shy behaviour
• Depression
• Anxiety and Selective Mutism
• Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other Developmental Disorders
• Attention and hyperactivity concerns
• A history of trauma or neglect
• Attachment issues due to adoption or multiple family placements
• Medical trauma

How can I find a Practioner?

This link will take you to our Directory and you can contact a Practioner in your area.