Hi, I’m Jennifer Bishop, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, Florida. I specialize in working with children ages 3 to 12 and their parents. I also specialize in working with adults who have gone through a major life event and are seeking healing from this so they can live the life they were meant to live.
There are many benefits of starting and increasing therapy for your child over the summer. Summer is the time of year when children engage in more free play and physical activity. Therefore, summer is the perfect time of the year to improve upon social skills that children need in order to be active, successful and independent children.
Here are some of the best reasons to consider starting therapy or increasing the number of therapy sessions for your child over the summer:
- Maintain and improve skills for school – Since school is out for the summer, it is important that children do not lose the problem-solving, planning and organizational skills (and more) that are necessary to be productive students at school. Although summertime is a great time to provide opportunity for free play, it may create academic issues for your child once school starts back up if they do not engage in challenging tasks during their 3 month break from school.
- Opportunity for continued emotional growth to prepare for the next grade-level – Children can work with therapists on their emotional health. Children can increase their ability to verbalize and manage their needs, feelings and emotions, gain coping skills and increase self-regulation so that when they walk into school for the new year, they are prepared emotionally and mentally to handle academic, social and emotional stress in a healthy way.
- More Availability over the summer – Since your children are out of school for the summer, they may have a lot more time and availability during the day to participate in more therapy. Summer camp and extra-curricular activities often only take up part of the day, so there may be more times you are available to schedule therapy appointments. Furthermore, although camps and extra-curricular activities are great options for staying active, they do not necessarily offer the same therapeutic benefits as therapy.
- Provides structure to their day – Oftentimes, summer can be a season of unstructured playtime. Sometimes the choices are so overwhelming that this can often lead to hours of playing video games, watching TV, and other sedentary activities. Therapy can provide structure to your child’s day to make them feel like they are being productive by spending their time doing valuable tasks.
These are just of a few of the many benefits that therapy can provide to your child over the summer. By making your child more actively engaged in goal-directed activities, you are setting your child up to be productive student the following year and active children during the summer.
Are you ready to start your child in therapy today? Call me today for your free phone consultation at 561-408-1098 with offices in Boca Raton, FL and virtually.
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