Project Title

Recognizing Depression in Preschool Aged Children: The Role of Recreational Therapy in Treatment

Presenter Hometown

Diamond Bar

Major

Therapeutic Recreation

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Dr. Jon McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

Clinical depression manifests in preschool aged children similarly to adults. One of the largest concessions to make while diagnosing children as young as six years old is the period normally used to determine the presence of clinical depression. Normally a two-week time frame is used to determine the presence of clinical depression but children at this age are still so formative that waiving this time period increases the likelihood of identifying any issues regarding depression. Depressed preschoolers have extremely negative play themes including suicidal ideations and extreme guilt (cite). While this research is extremely important, it is only within the past twenty years that this research has become a serious topic of concern. Unfortunately, treatment for most cases consist of anti-psychotics, which the long-term effects are unknown. Therapeutic recreation can assist in alleviating symptoms of clinical depression and used in conjunction with more traditional therapy methods, such as talk therapy. More research is needed into how effective therapeutic recreation is in co-treating clinically depressed preschoolers. Some of these treatment options include expressive arts, assisted animal therapies, meditation and arts and crafts.

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Recognizing Depression in Preschool Aged Children: The Role of Recreational Therapy in Treatment

Clinical depression manifests in preschool aged children similarly to adults. One of the largest concessions to make while diagnosing children as young as six years old is the period normally used to determine the presence of clinical depression. Normally a two-week time frame is used to determine the presence of clinical depression but children at this age are still so formative that waiving this time period increases the likelihood of identifying any issues regarding depression. Depressed preschoolers have extremely negative play themes including suicidal ideations and extreme guilt (cite). While this research is extremely important, it is only within the past twenty years that this research has become a serious topic of concern. Unfortunately, treatment for most cases consist of anti-psychotics, which the long-term effects are unknown. Therapeutic recreation can assist in alleviating symptoms of clinical depression and used in conjunction with more traditional therapy methods, such as talk therapy. More research is needed into how effective therapeutic recreation is in co-treating clinically depressed preschoolers. Some of these treatment options include expressive arts, assisted animal therapies, meditation and arts and crafts.