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Children's Play Therapy Center

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is geared toward children. No one has to teach a child to play–they simply do it. In this form of therapy, a therapist encourages a child to explore life events that may affect current circumstances in a manner and pace of the child’s choosing, primarily through play but also through language. Play allows children to express their feelings, build social skills, and relieve stress. It lets them show and respond to what they’ve experienced, such as family dynamics, cultural values, and roles. 

Play therapy is most appropriate for children between the ages of three and twelve. However, it can also be used with adolescents and adults as a fresh intervention or to address presenting problems that stem from childhood. 

Airmid Children’s Play Therapy Center

Airmid has served children since the inception of our practice in 2016. Four play therapists provide evidence-based therapies for children and adolescents.

Our four play therapy rooms incorporate traditional Play and Sand Tray Therapy, puppets, art, and our Somatic Movement Therapy Room. 

Somatic Movement Therapy  is designed for children and adolescents who have experienced complex stress and traumatic exposures, including:

  • medical procedures
  • loss
  • neglect
  • emotional maltreatment
  • physical abuse
  • accidents
  • severe bullying
  • witness to violence in the home or community
  • impaired caregiving due to medical or mental illness, incarceration, or substance abuse

Everyone at Airmid is committed to supporting families and children in their healing journey.


 

Somatic Movement Therapy

Somatic Movement Therapy allows the child to practice making better choices and ways to self-regulate and co-regulate with a parent. Through movement and sensory experiences, the child can find balance in their system and then process their concerns, struggles, and traumas.

The Somatic Movement Therapy approach does not rely on language or a verbal narrative of the event. Through the embodied play engaging the sensory, motor, limbic, and arousal systems for self-exploration, a coherent understanding of their feelings surrounding the event emerges.

In addition, Somatic Movement Therapy facilitates attachment-building between the child and caregiver. It builds strategies and self and other-regulation toolboxes that can be easily built into the daily routine at home to support the healing process further.

In this safe space, kids can practice being successful and learn what their bodies and brains need for calming and expressing larger feelings like anger, jealousy, and frustration in a safe, therapeutic space. Moreover, the Somatic Movement room provides the child with an internal sense of competence and builds the child’s positive sense of self.

Take a Tour of our Children’s Play Therapy Center.


 

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Play Therapy

This therapy builds on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world. Toys act as children’s words, and the play helps children explore their feelings and behaviors, learn new ways to communicate with others and learn healthy ways to solve problems.


 

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Sand Tray Therapy

This recognized therapeutic modality for children and adults helps identify and reconcile internal conflicts manifesting as anxiety and depression. The individual plays out an unconscious problem in the sand tray. As a result, this provides a way for material from the unconscious to become visible, healed, and integrated into the consciousness, thus allowing life to be lived more consciously and authentically.


 

How Yoga can Help

A companion service to play therapy is yoga. Yoga allows children to exercise their bodies, breath, and minds simultaneously. It also helps children manage anxiety, improve emotional regulation, boost self-esteem, increase body awareness and mindfulness, enhance concentration and memory, and develop strength and flexibility. Learn More

Yoga

Call our office to schedule an appointment 215-293-0744