Children typically lack
sufficient language to express their concerns
through traditional "talk" therapy. Play
Therapy is the means by which the use of children's
natural expressions (play) is used by the child to
discover and process underlying thoughts and
feelings that contribute to his or her current
behavioral or emotional difficulty.
play is qualitatively different than non-therapeutic
play sequences. Within the play therapy
session, children may either choose their own
materials for play, or the therapist may direct the
play sequence for the benefit of the child.
Through insightful reflections and questioning of
the child's play sequence, children come to a
greater awareness of their feelings and how to most
usefully process those feelings. Therapists
help provide within the child an emotionally
corrective experience, such that behavioral and
emotional difficulties are reduced.
Healthy child development is then free to proceed,
unencumbered by the targeted difficulties.
therapists meet often with parents to keep them
abreast of developments with their child.
Parents are an integral part of the treatment team.
Play therapists often assist parents with ways to
support their child at home as he or she begins to
heal from the presenting difficulties.
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