Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Importance of Play
This week I have been reminded of the importance of child-centered play. I have been working with a patient who has needed me only to provide a safe space to play. She has an incredible imagination and tells powerful stories to understand her world. She doesn't need my prompts, my ideas, or even my replies in conversation. She only needs me to be the container of her story and her play. This experience has been healing for her and intriguing for me. She has learned to better understand her world, recognized her strength and learned coping techniques that will last a lifetime. I continue to be impressed by the work of children and the value of play, especially in times of stress.