3 Reasons Kids Need Play for Mental Health – Child Therapy Wooster, OH

Angela Earley May 24, 2023


Child Therapy Wooster, OH

  • 1) New Research on Lack of Play and the Decline in Mental Health in Children

    A recent article, published on February 23, 2023 in the Journal of Pediatrics, states that the current mental health decline among children in the U.S. is in part driven by a lack of opportunities to roam, play, and act independently.

  • 2) Lack of Time and Encouragement for Play

    When children lack sufficient time and support for play, they may experience a loss of independence. This can limit their ability to think critically, exercise their imagination, and navigate the intricacies of their environment.

    Additionally, they may have limited opportunities to explore their curiosity or engage in meaningful conversations that arise from their genuine interests. Ultimately, this may hinder their ability to identify and understand their passions and motivations.

  • 3) Independent Play Without Constant Adult Intervention

    When children are not under constant adult supervision, they tend to engage in more energetic play, regardless of their age. Conversely, the presence of an adult can stifle their playfulness and creativity.

    Children that are not given the opportunity to interact freely with each other, without adult intervention, may have less fulfilling interactions with adults. Without the chance to share stories about their explorations and collaborations, children may be less inclined to express their insights and ideas. 

If your child is struggling with mental health, I can help.

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Psychology Today. “New Research Shows Why Kids Need Play for Mental Health". Mar. 21, 2023. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-art-of-talking-with-children/202303/new-research-shows-why-kids-need-play-for-mental

Since 2012, Angela has been assessing clients and successfully guiding trauma treatment in her private practice using the NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy. In addition, Angela has been invited to consult on multiple regional cases involving highly challenging special needs children.