Gamer Room

What should the game room be?

The playroom can be a room specially prepared for play therapy, or it can be any room where designated toys can be played with. If such a room is to be used, it is necessary to lay a sheet or cover that can be used to mark the boundaries. Toys should be predetermined toys that will only be used for play therapy. If the game room is to be specially arranged for play therapy, some points should be considered within the possibilities.

Instead of a long narrow room, it should be a room measuring almost 3 x 5 meters. Because otherwise, it will be possible for the child to go too far and it will be difficult to follow.

A soundproofed or soundproofed room should be preferred to prevent the parent from interfering with the therapy by hearing the child’s voices or interrogating the child afterward depending on the sounds he/she hears.

The fact that the floor is made of water-resistant and easy-to-clean material will provide convenience for the therapist.

There should be no glass or windows in the room, and if there is a thick curtain in front of it or anything to keep it from breaking, it should be secured with a thick curtain. The reason for this is not to cause a possible accident if the child throws a toy towards the window.

If the shelves and cabinets where the toys will be placed are well fixed to the walls, it will be a precaution against the child falling over if they hang on them.

Which toys should you have?

Let’s talk about the toys used in play therapy, especially the toys that are wanted to be found.

First of all, we need to have a blackboard in our room. This board must either be fixed to the wall at a height of 90 cm from the floor or have a mechanism that will not fall over the child somehow.

If possible, there should be a sink in the room, otherwise, there should be water in a bucket or a large bowl.

There should be a children’s table with 2 chairs that can be easily wiped when painted, and a wheelchair should be used for the therapist to follow the child.

The symbolic meanings of animals are very important to us. There must be at least 3 of each kind of animal, so what is the type of predator? For example, we can say lion, tiger, crocodile, and animal species living in the sea, such as shark, whale, and dolphin. 2 dinosaurs (especially dinosaurs because they represent anxiety, death anxiety), bull, octopus (overprotective mother) baby bottle, dollhouse (with people inside – usually representing family members), binoculars, plastic legos (very tiny tiny) (it must be one of the older ones), 2 ships (represents grandparents), traffic vehicles (car, ambulance, police car, fire department), soldiers and soldier toys (gun, pistol, arrow-bow, sword, grenade 2 each) , handcuffs, doctor’s bag, crayons, play dough, drawing papers (can also be A4), flashlight, puppet (preferably 2 animal hand puppets, bear and lion, because the bear represents mother, lion father, and a male-female human puppet) ), police and military hats, coins, jewellery, magic wands, kitchen supplies (oven-sibling jealousy, knife, refrigerator), bags and shoes (bag-want to return to the womb, shoes-female sexuality), rope, phone, sand pool, darts (those with magnets or velcro whatever), glasses, masks, wrist watches, keys, a few plush toys, airplanes (the need to be freer)…

Apart from these, what should we pay attention to if we want to put toys in our room? First, the therapist should ask himself the following questions:

Is this toy safe for children?

Does it help the child express himself?

Interested?

Will it improve it? Will it lead to success?

What we understand from this is that we should not use every toy we see in play therapy. The toy should arouse interest and curiosity in the child; it should be difficult enough to do alone and not damage his self-confidence. Of course, we can say that it is important to us that it is not expensive or durable.

Finally, let’s talk about which toy groups can be effective in the treatment of which situations and move on to the types and details of the therapy process. Real-life toys such as dollhouses, puppets, and human figures can often provide relief from problems such as anger, jealousy (especially sibling jealousy), stubbornness, introversion, and family conflicts. Nervous toys such as knives, guns, soldier toys, wild animals, and animal puppets can be effective in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorder, impulse control disorder, aggression, and aggression. We can say that sand, water, play dough, puzzles, and logos, which are among the manufacturers’ toys, provide treatment for problems such as shyness, shyness, and loss of self-confidence.

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