Infancy & Early Childhood Play Therapy and Dyadic Therapy
Guiding children towards independent self-expression
When a child experiences emotional and behavioural challenges, child-led play therapy can provide a safe and supportive place to express their needs. Through observing and participating in the play, the clinician has a window into the child’s emotional world and can help the parent gain insight into the child’s inner world. Although the treatment is client focused and child led, the clinician provides the play materials that will facilitate the expression of emotions through play.
In dyadic therapy, the caregiver learns to better understand the child’s cues and needs and learns better ways to respond. The purpose is an improved caregiver-child relationship. The clinician observes the parent-child interactions within the play therapy room and offers guidance for more sensitive and productive interactions between parent and child which leads to an improved relationship.
Typically these are internal referrals to psychology services from the Infancy and Early Childhood team.
What are the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible for play therapy or dyadic therapy, your child must be:
- Under the age of six (6) with a diagnosis or suspected developmental disability
- Current client in the Infancy and Early Childhood program
- Live in Toronto with a postal code that starts with the letter “M”