At the Tip of Your Fingers
American Academy of Pediatrics
HOW TO PREAPRE CHILDREN FOR PLAY THERAPY
Going to Therapy for the first time can be a scary experience for children. It is helpful for parents/caregivers to speak children about why they are going to therapy and an explanation of what to expect. It is important to explain therapy in an age-appropriate manner. For little children you can say something like:
“I know you have been having a problem with ______________ so we are going to go see _______, she is a worry doctor and helps kids with their worries and bothers. She will have many games and toys for you to play with if you feel comfortable playing. I will be there with you when you meet her for the first time and you can talk to her about anything that may be worrying you.”
It is important to validate any struggles/feelings the child may be experiencing over starting therapy.
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