Many children need support in emotional
literacy. Others have behaviour or mental health problems at some stage that
prevents them from fulfilling their full potential.
Some studies indicate that 20% of
children have some form of psychological problem (Venables (1983); Rutter, Cox
et al (1975); Jeffers & Fitzgerald (1991); Porteous (1991) etc.) and that
70% of these are helped through the use of psychological based therapies such
as play and creative arts. The 1999 British government survey estimated that
10% of children have a mental health problem. It is also essential to realise
that mental health, like physical health, is as much about prevention as cure.
therapeutic play and play therapy can help - a short check list - Do you know a
Referral This short article is a very useful guide for parents,
carers and other lay persons who may be worried about a child's emotional
condition and the desirability of referral for play therapy.
The Therapeutic Play Continuum
shows how different applications of play can deal with a spectrum of
children's emotional, behaviour and mental health problems.