lundi 29 janvier 2018

Sand Tray Therapy Helps In Understanding Feelings

By Donna Graham

Verbalizing the things that they are struggling with inside is a huge challenge for many kids, especially the very young and teenagers. Children today face a lot of pressures that adults might not immediately recognize so it is necessary for them to have the means to communicate these issues effectively so they can be dealt with. Sand tray therapy is one method that many therapists are finding to be a great outlet for their clients.

This therapeutic approach's name pretty much describes what it is. It involves using a sandbox, a variety of miniature figurines, and sometimes water. Utilizing these tools, the client will be free to set up various scenes from their mind to create a scenario that expresses their feelings, concerns, thoughts, or struggles, without actually having to verbalize them.

The concept is based on the very simplified idea that play is something which comes naturally to children, and that by allowing them to do this freely without direction or interruption, a lot can be learned. It gives them a free space in which they can safely display symbols of the world that is inside their mind. This is a low pressure setting which helps them feel safe and comfortable.

The belief is that given this freedom of expression, children are able to work through their problems and begin their own healing process. Once the child feels comfortable enough, the therapist will initiate a discussion about what is happening in their symbolic world. The things that they are unable to express verbally, they can demonstrate through these figurines.

The approach has been found to work well with very young children who have not yet developed appropriate verbal skills or the mental maturation to effectively describe their feelings. As play is a concept they understand without explanation, observing a child in action helps the therapist understand more about their feelings. Kids will often choose playtime to act out some scenarios that they have experienced in real life.

Regardless of age, many autistic individuals find this approach to be quite helpful. It is a way of using sensory input that is both comfortable for these individuals and a means of showing their thoughts to others. Therapist find the sandbox an effective way of communicating with those who can not verbalize, and to better determine the best ways to address their issues further.

Because the idea is to allow the child to process their own situation and seek for a solution on their own, the therapist will not lead them into a scenario. Treatment could simply be a single session, it may last several weeks, or even years, depending on the client and their particular situation. The main thing is observation and patience.

As a therapeutic coping mechanism, sandbox play may seem completely nontraditional, though it is quite effective, particularly with children who have problems verbalizing. This is a passive and simple concept that centers around the client feeling safe and comfortable. Adjustments to the approach may be made by the therapist as individual situations dictate.

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