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I offer sessions for children that incorporate both Thera-play and Cranial Sacral Therapy - this is an ideal combination for children from ages 3 through to 11 years, that works with both the mind and body to resolve behavioural or health concerns.  

As adults, when we have worries or experience a stressful time we're able to use words to express ourselves, talk to others and make sense of our situation.  Most children haven't yet developed the vocabulary and cognitive ability to talk about their experiences.  They are, however, able to express themselves using the language of play to work through their problems.  

 

Thera-play is a child (and family) therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and an increased sense of happiness.  It is a form of child counselling where children are able to express their experiences and feelings through both interactive and self directed play in a therapeutic setting and context.  Through this 'play' and engagement, children are able to unconsciously express what they are feeling on the inside.  In doing so, enormous relief can be experienced that comes as difficult thoughts or worries they're holding within themselves, are released.

 

Play is a child's natural language of communication, and when combined with gentle Cranial Sacral Therapy techniques, emotional challenges and undesired behavioral and/or physical symptoms can be effectively reduced.

 

Sessions are designed to be safe and supportive and children love this special time just for them, as they are guided towards healthier and improved social integration, growth and development.

 

My focus is to help support your child’s overall wellbeing - whether there are emotional or physically-based concerns and issues, and in my practice, I've worked with children who have had the following issues/conditions:

  • Difficulty accepting new baby in family, jealous behavior

  • Clingy, needy behaviour

  • Out of control temper tantrums, head banging

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Autism  Watch short video about how Cranio Sacral Therapy can help children with Autism

  • Unexplained tummy aches

  • Constipation

  • Anxiety, sensitive nervous system

  • Nightmares/crying out at night/not able to sleep alone

  • Learning  difficulties & inattention, difficulty focusing during classroom time

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Hyperactivity

  • Shyness & social anxiety, withdrawing

  • Loss of a loved one or pets

  • Emotional stress & trauma

  • Difficulties at school

  • Social/peer group difficulties

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Fearfulness

  • Bedwetting

  • Growing pains, muscular tension

  • Sport & play injuries/falls

Study:

Effectiveness of Combined approach of Cranio Sacral Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) on reducing features in Children with Autism

CONCLUSIONS:

"The combined approach of Cranio Sacral Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy is more effective than SIT alone.

Thus Cranio Sacral Therapy can be incorporated in the usual practice to get better improvement on reducing symptoms in children with autism"

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The Indial Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol 47: No 1 (January 2015 - April 2015. 

Dr Durga Prasad Mishr

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