Former teacher Douglas (Doug) Grant possesses significant experience teaching in Texas middle schools. In addition to his work as a classroom teacher, Douglas Grant has previously served as a school counselor. He currently uses these skills as a counselor at South Texas Rural Health Services, where he utilizes sensory integration techniques and play therapy in his work with families.
Play therapy is an effective way for behavioral health professionals to understand what a child is feeling. Children rarely have full control over situations in their lives, but they get to assume a position of power during play time. Toys in hand, they are free to act out emotional experiences with total control.
This is a powerful form of communication. Through free association, children who struggle to articulate feelings verbally can express themselves in a way that social workers and therapists can understand.
In filial play therapy, parents participate too. This method is becoming more popular, as it allows professionals to see how children relate to their parents during play. Play health practitioners can use this approach to help improve communication or understand other issues that may be occurring in the home.