Theraplay is a unique intervention of play therapy. It utilizes play between the child and parent to enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and engagement.
Theraplay is an evidenced-based practice that promotes positive interaction between a child and parent(s). It was developed by using the natural and playful interactions of parents and children in healthy relationships. Sessions are built around four qualities of secure parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture, and challenge. Theraplay sessions are active, and create a connection between the child and parent(s). Results include more positive interactions between child and parent(s), and children often increase emotional regulation and sense of self-worth.
Theraplay requires that the parents be active participants. This entails parents completing a 3-step assessment/intake process to evaluate if Theraplay is an appropriate intervention for your child. Following the assessment, parents can expect weekly sessions with their child, and once to twice monthly sessions without the child.
Theraplay is appropriate for children and parents who have difficulty connecting for various reasons. Theraplay has also been shown to be an effective intervention for children with histories of adoption, foster-care, and traumatic experiences.