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Cerebral Palsy & Play Therapy

Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, however there are a variety of resources and therapies available that can help improve the quality of life for your child.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is often considered an innovative part of therapy for anyone with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy commonly affects children’s ability to play with others and can present them with some real obstacles. The role of play therapy is to help children develop a better sense of self-inclusion in both directed and non-directed play. It can also be used to help children develop relationships and interact with others.

When Does Play Therapy Begin?

Play therapy is strongly recommended when a child is still a toddler, however it’s not uncommon for early adolescents to benefit from play therapy. Generally speaking, children between the ages of 3 and 11 are most likely to employ play therapy.

How is Play Therapy Performed?

Play therapy is usually performed by a trained, licensed play therapist. The act of playing itself can often be quite therapeutic for children with cerebral palsy but therapy guides and assesses play to promote positive change.

You may come across three different types of play therapy:

  • Directed –where the therapy decides how play will proceed
  • Non-directed – where the child is encouraged to guide any play they choose
  • Prescribed – the therapist teaches the child different methods of play.

What are the Benefits of Play Therapy?

Play therapy can help children with cerebral palsy in a number of ways. It can be used to assess how a child reacts to certain situations gaining deeper insight into their emotional state. The effects of play therapy largely depend on the child’s needs and abilities, but benefits could include:

  • Increased self confidence
  • Encourages emotional expression
  • Facilitates problem solving, skill
  • Encourages creativity and imagination
  • Teaches self control
  • Increased learning
  • Reduces anxiety, anger and depression

If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You can contact Express Solicitors to obtain advice from a specialist solicitor who will discuss the case with you and provide you with confidential advice on the options available to you.

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