Learn To Play 

Our therapists are currently training in this approach and would love to work with your kids while they are supervised by an experienced therpaist.

What is Learn to Play ?

Learn to Play is for children ages 18 months to 10 years who find playing with toys or objects difficult or they need help to be able to play with friends.

Pretend play is the focus of Learn to Play Therapy. The first session with your child is a pretend play assessment. The assessment helps us choose the play activities best suited to support your child when the play sessions begin.

From the second session, a range of play and pretend play activities will be used to engage your child and support their joyful participation in play.

Why is Learn to Play about pretend play?

Pretend play is a complex form of play that many children do not develop naturally. Pretend play is thinking play. Children are using their imagination to be creative in play.

Pretend play begins in the second year of life. You will see pretend play when a child pushes a truck and makes a 'broom' noise, or places a cup to the teddy's face, or pretends to talk on a toy phone.

In pretend play children often play what they have seen or experienced in their lives, such as going shopping.

What are the benefits of Learn to Play?

For a child with expected intellectual capacity for age, changes in a child's pretend play abilities begin to be noticed from the 6th to 8th session. For children who meet the minimum criteria and have an intellectual disability, changes may be noticed by the 12th-16th session.

These changes are:

  • Increased ability to spontaneously play

  • Increased time spent in independent play

  • Increased ability to use symbols in play (object substitution)

  • Increased ability in how to use toys in pretend play

  • Increased ability in including dolls/teddies/figurines in play

Because pretend play is associated with social and language abilities, the following changes mayalso be observed:

  • Increased social awareness

  • A decrease in the destruction of siblings and peers play scenes

  • Increased ability to follow a short story

  • A happier child, with more awareness of what their siblings or peers are playing

Information from learntoplayevents.com

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