Whatever Google tells you, the short answer is; the best type of therapy for your child is the one they actually want to attend!

At a loss after another call from school?  Are you starting to worry that you have the  ‘problem kid’ in the class? Is your child’s teacher constantly raising problems about behavior? Have they mentioned the dreaded phrase ‘professional help’? If this sounds familiar,  it can definitely be a scary, confusing time; wondering where to start, who to trust and what to believe. You love your child, but you also do wonder if there could be a problem.  This can come with a wave of questions – what might this mean for their future? Will they find friends? Is there something you could have done to avoid this? Did we do something to cause this? As parents we’re good at endlessly beating  ourselves up, worrying if it’s our fault?

When this is your reality; what is child therapy like and where do you get help?

From a kids perspective, therapy can be boring – being forced to sit still and answer questions that make no sense to them! It can also be downright confusing; wondering what’s ‘wrong’ with them – this sometimes leads to more problems. If this happens, understandable, kids might not want to go to therapy appointments.

How can we have better therapy that kids actually want to attend? 

In a nutshell – because we make it fun!  The traditional view of therapy is that we need to ‘talk through’ problems to gain solutions, but for kids this isn’t their natural way of communicating (check out this video for a fun example of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_QIe_ODx2g) The essential priority of therapy has to be that kids enjoy attending – if they don’t, nothing whatsoever will be achieved  – absolutely zero! If anything, it creates an argument between you and your child.  And your child is left with a bad impression of what therapy is.

Effective child therapy

Effective child therapy involves; mess and fun, glitter and playdough, cardboard fortes and hide and seek – amongst this is the hard stuff (like your grandma hiding the medicine in the sugar). Kids can cope with the hardest of feelings when they can dip in and out of play, and return to fun – doing this keeps them safe, and keeps the hard stuff manageable.  We understand that children’ tell us more if they feel relaxed.

If this sounds like something that would benefit your child, book an initial appointment with us here: https://www.expressivetherapysa.com.au