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Finding Hope: Mental health experts are using playtime to treat children

Molly and Me
Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 14:32:37-04

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.