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Can play therapy help children of divorce?

A lot of time has been put into studying the best options for children whose parents are divorced. For example, many studies have found that children who still have two involved parents are usually better off than children with just one involved parent. Now, some reports are saying that something called "play therapy" can also be useful.

Play therapy involves a therapist who forms a bond with the child by playing with him or her. This is exactly how children form bonds on their own, so it can sometimes help children to open up. By doing this, the therapist can then communicate with the child more easily to help him or her work through specific issues.

For example, one woman said that play therapy:

- Helped her and her ex see how the child was grieving.

- Helped them understand the way the child processed all of the changes.

- Helped the daughter herself to express the things she was struggling with.

- Helped the daughter learn about new strategies to deal with both sadness and anger.

- Helped show the parents how to support their daughter in day-to-day life.

Children often have trouble expressing themselves in the same way that adults do. That doesn't mean they're not dealing with the same issues of depression and confusion after a divorce. This tactic may help some parents connect with their children or learn more about what the children are feeling.

If you're going through a divorce, you need to know all of your options for child custody and parenting plans in Florida, and you may want to consider adding play therapy.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Children of Divorce Benefit From Play Therapy," Laura Lifshitz, Oct. 14, 2015

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