BOISE, Idaho — Finding the right words to express your emotions can tricky. But for kids with a limited vocabulary, it can be trickier- especially when they need help.
Molly Gratton, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist, tells Idaho News 6 one method for understanding children too young to explain or express themselves is "play therapy," which she describes as," a form of counseling or psychotherapy."
By incorporating toys in a safe, rule-free environment, Gratton and her associate Rachel Blick can watch a child's behavior during playtime and assess their thoughts and feelings according to their style of play.
Sandboxes, bubbles, blocks, coloring, you name it. No style of play is off-limits. Blick a Licensed Master Social Worker and fellow Registered Play Therapist also tells Idaho News 6, "you cannot put a definition to play it's up to the children to define what their play is."
Monday night on Idaho News, our Frankie Katafias has more on this kid-friendly approach to treatment.