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Therapy Approach 

In the field of therapy, a one-size-fits-all approach never proves effective. At Ayes Health, we understand the importance of tailoring our therapy methods to suit the unique needs and preferences of our clients. Our approach is anchored in evidence-based practices, and for younger clients, we embrace a play-based therapy approach, while for adults and older children, we emphasise functional therapy. This page explores the rationale behind these two distinct approaches, supported by research and in-text references, highlighting their success in promoting effective therapy outcomes.

Play Based Therapy

Play-based therapy has emerged as a highly effective approach for younger children, as substantiated by a wealth of research. Piaget's cognitive development theory underscores the importance of play in early childhood as a means of processing experiences and acquiring new skills (Piaget, 1951). Play offers a safe and engaging environment where children can express themselves, build social skills, and cope with emotional challenges (Russ, 2004).

Functional Therapy for Older Children and Adults

Functional therapy, centered around collaborative goal setting with clients and their parents, is a crucial component of our approach at Ayes Health. This approach is supported by research indicating that goal setting enhances motivation and engagement in therapy. Locke and Latham's (2002) goal-setting theory emphasizes the importance of setting specific, challenging, and achievable goals to enhance performance and achievement. In therapy, this translates into clients actively participating in their own healing process.

Parent Involvement and Advocacy

At Ayes Health, we strongly advocate for active parent involvement and practice, recognizing the pivotal role parents play in the therapeutic process. Research supports this approach, demonstrating that parent involvement significantly contributes to positive therapy outcomes for children (Breland et al., 2015). Parental participation not only enhances therapy adherence but also facilitates the generalization of skills learned in therapy to real-life situations (Breland et al., 2015).

Play Based Therapy

Research also supports the efficacy of play-based therapy in addressing specific developmental concerns. For instance, a study by Bratton et al. (2005) demonstrated that play therapy interventions significantly reduced behavioral problems and improved emotional adjustment in children. The intuitive and non-threatening nature of play allows therapists to establish rapport with young clients, leading to more productive therapeutic relationships (Ray, 2010).

Functional Therapy for Older Children and Adults

Functional therapy aligns with the principles of client-centered care, as clients have a significant role in shaping their therapy outcomes (Lambert & Shimokawa, 2011). Clients and their parents, when involved in the goal-setting process, feel a sense of ownership over their therapy journey, resulting in increased commitment and satisfaction with the therapeutic process (Lambert & Shimokawa, 2011).

Effective Treatment

Incorporating play-based therapy for younger children and functional therapy for older children and adults into our practice at Ayes Health is grounded in empirical evidence and established therapeutic principles. The research highlighted above underscores the effectiveness of these approaches in promoting emotional and behavioral well-being. By involving parents actively in therapy and advocating for their practice, we strive to create an environment that maximizes the potential for successful therapy outcomes for all our clients. Our commitment to evidence-based care ensures that our clients receive the most effective and personalized therapy experience possible.

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