Playful Healing

Playful Healing was designed to support children who are struggling in their day to day life with feelings of worry, uncertainty, isolation, and unhappiness and whose families are unable to afford expensive therapy. By providing FREE, one-to-one therapy, we help children manage and cope with behavioural struggles and anxiety.

At Childhood Connections, we have always worked within our community to fill gaps in early years services. We noticed an increase in childhood struggles with mental health and families who could not afford the services for their children. Our new program, Playful Healing, is here to help with free play therapy and child life therapy for children and families in financial need.

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What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is an effective form of therapy primarily used in children. This approach to therapy builds on the communicative style of children. Children are often less able than adults to express their feelings in words. However, children are experts at expressing themselves through play, that is, if you know what you’re looking for. While it may look just like playtime to you, a trained play therapist will see it as much more than that.

When children play, their toys are their words and play is their language. Play therapists are able to recognize these patterns and gain insight from watching and engaging with children in play. They are able to detect patterns and feelings and use them to help guide the child to explore and deal with those emotions and work through potential trauma.

Play Therapy provides a safe psychological distance from the child’s problems and allows them to express their feelings in a safe and age appropriate manner. Through play, children can learn how to cope with their feelings and behaviors. They can learn to recognize and redirect their emotions from negative to positive behaviours.

Could Play Therapy Benefit My Child?

Play therapy can have benefits for anyone, but is most useful and recommended for children between 3 and 12 yrs old. Play therapy can be helpful in a variety of situations, such as:

  • facing medical procedures, illness, or palliative care
  • developmental delays or learning disabilities
  • behavioural problems at home or in school
  • excessive aggression or anger
  • family issues like divorce, separation or a death in the family
  • natural disasters or traumatic events
  • domestic violence, abuse, or neglect
  • anxiety, depression, grief
  • eating or toileting disorders
  • attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

What are the Benefits of Play Therapy?

There can be many benefits of play therapy, and research suggests that up to 71% of children referred to play therapy experience positive change. While some children will show hesitation at first, the bond between the therapist and child will grow, and noticeable progress can begin. Some of the potential benefits are:

  • learning responsibility for their behaviours
  • developing coping strategies and problem solving
  • self-love and respect
  • empathy and respect for others
  • alleviation of anxiety
  • learning to recognize and express their feelings
  • improving social skills
  • stronger family relationships
  • can also improve language and motor skills

Shop Apparel With the You Are Collective & Support Playful Healing!

The You Are Collective is a local social enterprise that began as a way to create change and make a difference. They are a local apparel company that is giving back a portion of the proceeds to local charities and non-profits to open the conversation surrounding mental health and illness, and shatter the stigma one shared experience at a time.

This is why they were a perfect partner for our Playful Healing collection. Not only does it raise funds to continue to provide free therapy services to children in need, it has been specifically designed to help us start those conversations. Sometimes it’s hard to use our voice and open the barriers. So we’re doing that with a simple question…

“Ask Me How I Feel”

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Book Fundraiser

Bot-bot the robot finds his feelings

Bot-bot the robot has just been born. Every new situation in which he finds himself sparks a new emotion to learn about; what it is and how his body feels.
Join Bot-bot and his family on their adventures as they learn about their feelings, emotions and senses.

We worked closely with the author to publish this book as a fundraiser for Playful Healing. 100% of the proceeds from the first 500 copies will go towards supporting children who are struggling emotionally by providing them the services they need to thrive! We are so excited to see how it benefits our community.

The story, Bot-bot the robot finds his feelings, is also a valuable tool for exploring feelings and emotions with young children. It contains tips for talking to your child about their feelings and building emotional literacy.

Get your copy today for just $20.00!