Filial Therapy

Last Updated on November 26, 2020 by Maya Hall

Since play is the area where children are most open, the easiest way to reach children is through play. Therefore “Filial Therapy“, is a therapy method that aims to strengthen the parent-child relationship by using the game. The child starts exploring, learning and being happy with play, starting from infancy. The effect of playing games on babies and children has been scientifically proven.

What is Filial Therapy?

Flial Therapy is a psycho-educational approach applied to parents and children between the ages of 3-10 and developed to understand the child. In Filial Therapy, parents learn how to handle special playtime with their children. Thanks to this approach, the mother and father learn to play therapeutic games with the child, to understand what the child wants to tell in the game, to get down to the inner world of the child, to follow the child’s development and to establish a better relationship with the child. The child, on the other hand, learns to express his emotions better, develop problem solving skills and increase his self-confidence.

In play therapy, play sessions are made directly with the child and separate meetings are held with the mother and father, while in Filial Therapy, the therapist conducts play sessions with the mother and father. Filial Therapy directly involves parents in the process because parents are the most important people in a child’s lives. For this reason, parents are more prominent in comparing the child’s behaviors during play with their daily behavior.

Thanks to this approach, they learn more about their children and gain a new skill that they can use after therapy ends. This skill helps them to prevent many future problems with their children in advance and solve potential problems. In addition, Filial Therapy is a fun approach for both the child and parents, which facilitates the change process and strengthens the parent-child relationship.

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