Therapeutic Activities for Children
In my opinion, and most other people's opinions for that matter, one of the best ways in which you can help ease the daily strains on a child's life is to look into therapeutic activities for children. You may not know this, but children, in much the same way as adults, can suffer from depression, and it is far more common than you may think. In addition to that, children often suffer from anxiety disorders and ADD/ADHD. Therapeutic activities are probably one of the best ways in which you can alleviate the symptoms, even if it is just for a short while. Let's take a little look at some of these activities to do with children.
Personally I think that one of the best types of activity to carry out are creative activities. I think that it is important for 'therapy' to give children their own creative outlet, and allow them to express exactly who they are. Probably one of the biggest contributors to stress in a child's life is being told no, time after time, after time. Creative activities take away the 'barriers' in life and allow a child to be who they want to be. A couple of suggested activities include the following:
- Dance. This is absolutely fantastic as therapeutic activity for children, if they like dance of course. As you most likely know, the whole thing is based around expressing who you are. Your child doesn't need to fit into a specific dance style, just let them be creative. Stick on some music and let them go crazy. Maybe dance with them too as a way in which you can bond with the child.
- Drawing, this is of course the ultimate for expressing creativity, and many child psychologists actually use this to assess a child's behavior. I have never met a child that doesn't like to draw or paint every once in a while so let them!
- A great type of therapy is to allow your child to write stories. In some cases, this can help the 'healing process', particularly if a child has gone through a traumatic event as it allows them to get everything out, and they are going to feel a bit better as a result. Again, this is one of the therapeutic activities for children that psychologists rely on a lot.
- Role play is also fantastic, particularly if you have a group of children that you are going to be working with. Give the children a topic, and then give them the opportunity to come up with a play based around that topic. Heaps of fun and gives them the freedom that they crave ever so much.
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Holiday Activities for Children
Of course, you can also engage in various holiday activities for children too and these help them to unwind while they are free from school stresses. These are going to tie in above with the previous ones, however, you are going to have more of a chance to interact with your child, which is incredibly important.
It should basically be a guided type of freedom, let them do what they want, but if they get slightly off track, give them a quick nudge in the right direction and everything should be fine again. Typical activities here include cooking, or if the children are active, you could look into playing a bit of sport, or simply allowing them to do whatever they wish (within reason). You can look into the previous activities I mentioned too, which should help your children out considerably. Honestly, all you really need to do is get your child active, and they will forget about everything else, at least for a while! Don't forget, do the activities with them, or if it isn't a team sport, get other children to join in. It will be fun for everybody. Don't forget to tailor what you are doing though; if the child[ren] looks a little bit uneasy with the activity, or is losing interest in it ... adjust or change it.
A quick tip here, if you are trying to come up with therapeutic activities for children that involve a bit of sport and the person is suffering from ADHD or similar, then you should look into individual sports as opposed to team ones, unless you know that they are going to be fine working on team sports. The problem is, team sports often require a great deal of concentration and some complex rules to follow, this can be a little bit too much for children with ADHD, and it can often cause the whole activity not to be fun for anybody. However, if you work with them to come up with some great individual sports, perhaps cycling or similar, they they are going to have a great deal more fun, as they are only going to be looking out for themselves. I am sure that you can come up with a huge list of summer activities for children that fall into the category of team sports!
Remember, these activities aren't just for children who are suffering from problems, but also for those children who are getting a little bit cranky. Crack out one of the therapeutic activities, and I am sure that you will be able to deal with the problem rather quickly. For example, if your child is feeling a bit down that they can't go to a shop, why not role play and run a shop within your own home? Trust me, this is something that will cure their crankiness rather quickly, and of course, give you a chance to bond with your child properly.
This is of course just a small sample of therapeutic activities that you can engage in. As you can probably guess, the majority of these activities are about children getting creative freedom, which helps reduce the amount of stress that they are going through and for them to externalize issues they are struggling to communicate. I am sure you can come up with a number of activities in this vein. My suggestion is that you talk to the children that you are working with to find out exactly what they want to do. Children are blessed with amazing imaginations and can turn something quite normal into a fun experience when given the freedom to do so.
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