Play Therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. children, even those who are talkative, express themselves more easily and completely through their play. Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing emotions. Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) gives children a safe nonjudgmental place to express their thoughts and feelings.
In the playroom, toys, games and activities are used like words. Children are able to develop problem solving skills, assume responsibility, practice self-control, rehearse experiences, engage in self-discovery, develop communication and social skills, and build relationships. Play Therapy allows children the opportunity to work through, heal, and move past the difficulties in their young lives.
Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
Learn more from the Association for Play Therapy.