Nurturing Joyful Relationships in Families with Young Children (650) 242-5965
Behavior problems can be caused by many things, but play therapy can help your child be more cooperative, kinder to others and generally easier to be with.
Play therapy can look quite different depending on the needs of your child. The most important things to know are:
Before beginning early intervention or child therapy it is important to complete an assessment. An assessment is also a good idea if you just want consultation. This helps us gain an understanding of what is happening for your child, what your child is trying to communicate through his or her behavior, your child’s strengths and challenges, and how the two or three of you are navigating your relationship.
An assessment can begin with interviews, informal observations and questionnaires, but the addition of a structured play-based experience is a powerful way to gather important information.
Your child's play-based assessment is completed over three or four sessions. In the first session, before the play experience, you will share important developmental and social history.
In the next one or two sessions you and your child will complete a series of play-based tasks together. With your permission, these sessions will be recorded so that we can look together at what went well and what needs strengthening.
It is incredibly important to identify your child’s strengths because these will be his best tools for learning and relating. We will build on these strengths as we address needs.
If you would like a written report that can be arranged, but the most important part of this experience is the opportunity to sit back, in a relaxed setting, and watch your child in action. With a video you can objectively think about the experience that the two of you had together and use it as an integral part of goal planning. You can also look back later and see all of the progress your child has made.
Leslie Baxter, LMFT #51997
1117 South B St. #9 San Mateo, California, 94401 United States