Karina

Falkenstein

PUPPET THERAPY

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Puppet therapy is a form of art therapy that uses puppets in the process of therapy, one of the most effective means of correcting a wide variety of behavioural aspects.
Children's play is not only entertainment, but also allows the child  in an accessible form cope with many psychological and everyday problems that constantly stand in his way. Theater is especially useful in this respect where the child is able to play different roles and imperceptibly adopt optimal behavior patterns.
Puppet theater is especially effective because hiding behind the screen, speaking on behalf of the puppet children are moving away from their problems and can see themselves from the side. Vulnerable, shy children quickly develop self-confidence.
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Puppet therapy methods
Play with puppets
In play children express even hidden emotions, try on behavioral models. To understand the child's inner world, you can play games with him on various topics, for example, games that reveal the child's aspirations or reveal his fears.
Сreation of the puppet 
This is not only self-expression, but also a kind of meditation. Anxiety goes away, motor skills and creative thinking develop. It is important not to scold a child if his puppet turns out to be sloppy. After all, the meaning of puppet therapy is not in the perfection of the puppets, but in the process of its creation and further play. Self-made puppets are perceived by children emotionally closer and more vividly express emotions in games or puppet plays.
Puppet theatre
 
For centuries puppet theater has fascinated young audiences. The performances conveyed legends about brave men and sorcerers, stories about human vices and human exploits. But how is puppet theater useful in psychotherapy? Puppet theater is essentially a replay of life scenarios, characters, behavior. Living out various scenes with puppets a child learns more about society and forms his own perception of the world around him. In effect, puppet theater is very useful for children with socialization problems.
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How does the puppet therapy help?
  • Psychodiagnostics. While playing with puppets a child can more accurately than with words tell about what is happening in his life, what does he feel, how does he treat others, wherein the puppet is responsible for everything said not the child himself. "Child's play is his language and the toys are his words" 
  • Ability to manage emotions
  • Self-expression
  • Acquiring important social skills. Playing with puppets - the heroes of a fairy tales - becomes a kind of school of social relations, since such puppets carry a moral image
  • Development of communication skills 
  • Development of self-awareness 
  • Development of gross and fine motor skills
  • Resolution of internal conflicts
  • Speech development. With a puppet a child quickly and easily acquires communication skills - it is easier to talk with a toy. Nowadays with the help of puppets stuttering is also treated
  • Positive correction of family relationships. Strengthening of intra-family relationships.