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THERAPLAY® is an Attachment-Based therapeutic approach using structured play to help children and their families. It has been used effectively since it was first developed in the late 1960s by Ann Jernberg and others at the Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Theraplay has been utilized in schools, day care centers, child guidance clinics, speech clinics, and in private practice in the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, England, Finland, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, and other countries around the world. Its primary applications have been with children who have behavior problems (particularly withdrawn and overactive children), speech and language problems, physical challenges, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and children experiencing difficulties related to adoption. In recent years, Theraplay principles have also found applications in geriatric settings.
THERAPLAY looks to healthy parent-child interaction as a guide for helping understand children's needs and potentials for positive emotional development. Theraplay sessions are active, intense, physical, nurturing, and fun. Parents usually are included in the process from the beginning, and often join in the play sessions later. In school settings, Theraplay can be incorprated in individual and group counseling as well as in typical clasroom settings to promote prosocial behavior. Theraplay experiences are structured, nurturing, engaging and challenging. For professionals as well as clients, theraplay can be refreshing and rewarding because of its emphasis on engaging, healthy and constructive social interactions.
How We Can Help
We use a variety of approaches to help people, including:
Psychotherapy (talking about problems)
Family Therapy (often with teenagers)
Play Therapy, including Theraplay® (primarily with children)
Behavioral contracting (often for couples working on their relationships)
Hypnotherapy (exploring concerns while in a state of hypnosis; also for stress reduction)
Psychoeducational Groups (for parents)
Consultation with schools and agencies
Group Play Therapy (for children)
Professional Training and Supervision
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