"Play therapy is not about play. It is about life and death. It is about hope and dreams. It is about learning and growing. It is about strength and survival." ~ O'Dessie Oliver James
Play takes children, and adults quite frankly, to their growing edge. Play allows individuals to confront what is otherwise too daunting to approach without the assistance of distance and perspective provided by play. By substituting toys for words, play allows us to become curious about our problems and experiement with a variety of solutions. In turn, toys substitute for and expand our vocabulary. A child may not know how to say "I become overwhelmed when I see the doctor." But in play the child is able to grab the silly green doctor puppet, the plastic medical kit and expereince and express the felt sense, while working through all the number of ways to overcome the fear. Where children can not possibly describe their struggles, they are allowed the opportunity to demonstrate their struggles. Great play therapists take that opportunity to listen to the unspoken words and meet the child's fears with compassion and support. We are excited to share the love of play therapy with fellow therapists and the community we serve.
The Permian Basin Chapter is a local chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy . We are a network of professionals and students who are interested in the therapeutic use of play to help support our work with children and families. We are a new branch that grew out of positive changes with the HP-TAPT and continues to grow all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community!
The purpose of the Permian Basin Chapter of Play Therapy is to provide a space for people interested in the use of theraputic play. We use the therapeautic power of play in our work with children and families. Using evidence based practices, we provide solutions that make a long lasting difference.
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