By Abbey Cannan
Noosa’s first Neuroplay Australia facility has opened and is ready to support children’s wellbeing through science and play therapy.
Neuroplay Australia founder and registered play therapist Talia Antoni said play therapy is to children what ‘talk therapy’ or counseling is to adults.
“We are committed to creating a safe and supportive space for children and their families, deeply rooted in the Noosa community and aimed at ensuring their safety and wellbeing,” Ms Antoni said.
“It is estimated that 70% of mental health problems in children can be solved with early intervention and therapy. Child-appropriate interventions not only benefit the child and family, but also have wider benefits for the community.
With a master’s degree in children’s play therapy from Deakin University, Ms Antoni said play therapy was a valuable, credible and professional therapeutic intervention.
“Children aged 3 to 13 benefit from this approach as an appropriate intervention when they are experiencing emotional, behavioral or psychological difficulties,” she said.
“Neuroplay Australia aims to increase the self-esteem and confidence of all children, to create a sense of togetherness and belonging, a sense of connection with others, to increase emotional expression in appropriate ways and to live fun and joy.”
Neuroplay Australia is located at the Noosa Leisure Center and offers humanistic play therapy, filial family therapy and the Learn to Play programme.
The Neuroplay program and group play therapy sessions take place at the Sunshine Butterflies community facility, Our Backyard, on a weekly basis. Talia is also able to provide mobile service and this can include a child’s home, hospital, educational or care facility and during critical incident response.
For more information visit neuroplayaustralia.com or contact Talia Antoni direct on 0409 334 452.