Psychological Counseling & Play Therapy

     Play Therapy, also referred to as Psychological Counseling, is provided to children who are experiencing difficulty with coping skills, social skills, hyperactivity, impulsivity and self-esteem. The objective of play therapy is to use the natural play of children to explore feelings, improve communication and develop appropriate social interactions.  This service is provided by our school psychologist or social worker.

     Some of the issues we commonly work on include: communicating and interacting appropriately with adults and peers, sharing, taking turns, and waiting for preferred toys.  Our goal is to use various techniques to help teach your child develop the skills they need to be successful in their classroom, on the playground, at home, and in the community.

     See below for some social and emotional milestones.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development please feel free to contact us or your school district to get your child evaluated.

Some useful links:

Social and Emotional Milestones: Important Milestones in Social and Emotional Development -
http://psychology.about.com/od/early-child-development/a/social-and-emotional-milestones.htm

Social and Emotional Developmental Milestones: By the End of 3, 4, and 5 Years-
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Social_Emotional_End/

Tips for Helping Your Child to Build Social Skills-
http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/ld-aamp-social-skills/social-aamp-emotional-challenges/tips-for-building-social-skills

Top 6 Tips to Teach Kids How to Make Friends-
http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/instructionalmaterials/tp/tchkdssocskills.htm

Helping Children Play and Learn Together-
http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201001/OstroskyWeb0110.pdf

Parenting Preschoolers: A starting place for social graces-
http://simplekids.net/kids-and-social-skills-2/