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Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
October 2012
Raising Spirits Through Play

For young children that suffer from mental or emotional disorders or are trying to overcome trauma, the best therapy can often be the most natural — through play. Play is how children communicate, and it expands learning, development and interpersonal skills. With the help of a professional therapist, it can also be a way for children to resolve internal conflicts and overcome personal challenges. 

Play therapy is when a therapist observes and interacts with a child at play to understand behavioral patterns and assess problems with social or emotional skills. According to the Association for Play Therapy, 'toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language.' Through play, therapists can help children express themselves when they are unable to verbalize their thoughts or feelings, as well as help children learn adaptive behaviors. 

If your child is struggling, the staff at Krist Samaritan Center can help instill hope and facilitate healing in a relaxed, fun and safe environment. Call 281.480.7554 to schedule an appointment today.

Source: Association for Play Therapy

How Can Play Therapy Help Children?
- Foster positive connections with others
- Promote cognitive development
- Improve social and communication skills
- Elevate mood and regulate emotions
- Enhance self-expression
- Increase self-knowledge
- Stimulate creativity
- Reduce stress or boredom
- Boost self-esteem
- Practice coping and safety skills
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A Samaritan Celebration
November 1, 2012
River Oaks Country Club

Our annual gala, A Samaritan Celebration, celebrates the life made by giving to others in need. Funds raised will supplement the Counseling Assistance Fund.

Honorees:
The Dyer Family
Missionaries to Peru

Charles Fraser, Jr., MD
Surgeon-In-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital

Terri and John Havens
Philanthropists

Chairpersons:
Carol and Michael Linn

Become A Sponsor
http://www.samaritanhouston.org/gala/annual-samaritan-celebration.html

At Krist Samaritan Center, our services include:
Counseling - Psychological Testing - Psychiatric Consultation - Speech Therapy - Education and Training - Congregational Care Programs 

For more information, call our main office at 281.480.7554 or visit our website. 
http://www.samaritanhouston.org

17555 El Camino Real - Houston, Texas 77058 - 281.480.7554 - samaritanhouston.org
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