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Autism Through Play

Hello Readers,


First, we owe you an apology. We realize that two weeks of radio silence isn't very "mental health professionals" of us. So, sincerely we apologize if we may have caused some trauma i.e anxiety, depression or any from of abandonment issue.


Now that the moment of healing is done....we hope. Let's get into the good stuff.


From our title we are sure you know what today's topic is all about.


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The Power of Play in Autism!!!


At Play Therapy Nigeria, we believe that play is the language of the soul! For children with autism, Play Therapy can be a fun and effective way to develop important social skills, emotional regulation, and problem-solving abilities. So let's dive in and explore the wonderful world of Play Therapy for children with autism.


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In Play Therapy, toys and games are the tools of the trade. There are

sensory toys such as building blocks, puzzles, board games, and so much more. Each toy has a purpose and can be used to help children with autism express themselves in a way that is safe and non-threatening. For example, a child might use a sensory toy to regulate their emotions or use a set of building blocks to create a story that helps them make sense of their feelings.


One of the goals of Play Therapy for children with autism is to encourage them to engage in imaginative play. Children with autism often struggle with imaginative play, most time they'd rather engage in repetitive behaviors or activities. Play Therapy can help break down these barriers and encourage children to use their imaginations and explore new activities and ideas.


Play Therapists use a variety of techniques to engage children with autism in Play Therapy. They may use sensory toys and activities to help children with sensory processing difficulties to regulate their emotions and engage in play. They may also use visual aids, such as pictures and stories, to help children understand social situations and develop social skills.


Another important aspect of Play Therapy for children with autism is the use of structured play. Play Therapists may use games or activities that have clear rules and objectives to help children develop problem-solving skills and improve their ability to follow social rules and norms. This can help children with autism to develop important social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing, and communication.


In Play Therapy, children with autism get to be the boss. They get to choose what games to play, what toys to use, and what stories to tell. The therapist is there to guide them and support them, but ultimately, it's up to the child to decide what they want to do. This can be incredibly empowering for children with autism, who may feel like they don't have much control over their lives.

To round this all up, Play Therapy is a PLAYFUL and effective way to help children with autism develop important life skills. By using play as a means of communication and expression, Play Therapy can help children connect with others, build relationships, and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.


With that being said, ladies and gents, boys and girls, take the time to play! Go to a park, buy a pack of bubbles, get coloring books and just go CRAZY. Your children are not the only ones who need a break.

We know that between work, chores and school runs there seems to be no time but we promise that in those 5 minutes of waiting during pick up you can grab some colors and do some coloring. And next time the kids want to swing? Join them!


Life feels a little bit lighter when you play.


That's all for today folks!


Until next time!


Play Therapy Nigeria.

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