When you step into a counseling office at Wetmore you might notice toys, sand, art supplies, and other creative activities. We strive to provide the student with a safe and comfortable place to explore his or her emotions through various methods. We work closely with teachers, staff, parents, families, and community to help each child to feel like belong, encourage self-confidence, and promote empathy and kindness. We want every child to reach their full potential and feel safe and happy!
American Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." In other words, child play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play. They use play to identify and process feelings and to understand their world. It allows children to communicate and regulate their emotions. Through play, children are able to work through life challenges in a way that is safe and developmentally appropriate for them.
"is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and sometimes water, to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns. This form of play therapy is practiced along with talk therapy, using the sandbox and figures as communication tools."
Great Parenting Books:
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
By: Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
By: Shefali Tsabary