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What is Theraplay®?


Theraplay® is a lively, fun,  playful method that produces remarkable changes in the lives of children and their families and is based on attachment-based theories and research. Family Theraplay® follows a directive play  approach, whereby the Theraplay Specialist and parents, are joyfully engaged with the child.

Interactions focus on four essential qualities found in healthy parent-child relationships-structure, challenge, engagement and nurturance. Theraplay activities chosen for each session are those which are fun, spontaneous, interactive and require physical contact.

Sessions create an active and affective parent-child connection. Amidst the laughter and hugs, through the playful, positive interactions that Theraplay provides, children begin to develop a new view of themselves, the world and how people in their world can respond to them. Theraplay helps children with many different issues (emotional, developmental, and behavioural).

 

Individual Family Theraplay® Social & Thinking Skills Group

(for parents & their children)

Our 8 week group format provides a safe, playful, fun, engaging, milieu for who wish to learn skills as a individual family unit.
  • children & parents incorporate new skills that foster relf-regulation, emotional control & perspective taking
  • promotes character & value building (empathy, respect, responsible, self control, integrity)
  • during sessions, amidst the giggles & hugs, we celebrate successes, acquire pro social skills, form new friendships, increase trust in self & others and enhance parent-child & peer connections.
  • parent easily transfer new skills to home life, expanding and creating new successes.

 

Multi-Family Theraplay®  Social & Thinking Skills Groups

(age appropriate groups for children / teens ages 5-14 & their parents)

Our 8 week group format provides a safe, playful, fun, engaging, milieu

  • a leading intervention that builds social competence
  • lively, fun engaging program, where parents & youth acquire new skills & friendships
  • youth explore who they are & how their behaviour affects others
  • fosters self-regulation, emotional control & peer relationships
  • develops perspective taking, flexible thinking & problem solving skills
  • presents visual concepts, Theraplay activities, social stories & games
  • utilizes our TACTICS TOOLBOX- with over 45 concrete strategies for success
  • targets: friendship skills, reading faces / body language, respecting boundaries, reactivity & anxiety reduction, compromising, negotiating, accepting “no”, bullying prevention & more.
  • promotes increase in trust, self esteem, inner strength & prosocial skills.

Theraplay® Sunshine Circles: Nurture your Classroom with Play

  • adult-directed, structured interactive play groups
  • a social/emotional curriculum
  • enhances emotional well-being & social skills
  • develops warm, positive relationships & classroom communities
  • playful & fun experiential learning for all

 

Classroom Theraplay® Social & Thinking Skills Groups

(Students & their Teachers)

  • this format provides a safe, playful, fun, engaging  milieu within the "classroom family" that promotes rich relationships.
  • students & their teachers incorporate new skills to embrace character building, positive qualities & values.
  • youth explore who they are & how their behaviour affects others
  • fosters self-regulation, emotional control & peer relationships
  • develops perspective taking, flexible thinking & problem solving skills
  • presents visual concepts, Theraplay activities, social stories & games
  • utilizes our TACTICS TOOLBOX- with over 45 concrete strategies for success
  • decreases bullying & aggressive behaviour.during sessions, we create successes, acquire pro social & friendship skills, increase trust in self & others and self-esteem.
  • targeted skills include, eye contact, active listening, waiting turns, asking permission, accepting 'no", reading faces & body language, respecting boundaries, dealing with teasing & bullying, anger management and more.
  • teachers play a key role acquiring buzz words and strategies, then utilizing them during structured and unstructured times of the school day.
  • group process provides a powerful tool allowing impetus for change and the attainment of individual and group goals.

 

Benefits of Theraplay®

  • Enables parents and youth to relate to each other in healthy ways
  • New friendships are made within the group
  • Healthy peer interactions are developed
  • Encourages parents to engage in Theraplay activities as often as possible
  • Balances the scales of “structure and nurturance”
  • Enhances self-esteem, trust in self and others
  • Teaches participants new tools to embrace and expand upon
  • Fosters generalization of new prosocial skills to home and school