Understanding Play Therapy

“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play.” - Garry Landreth

Play is the child's natural form of self expression. In play therapy, children are given the opportunitiy to "play out" their feelings and struggles in ways that developmentally make sense to them. Just as adults often "talk out" their feelings and difficulties, children are better able to work through their problems through the use of play.

Play Therapy, a modality of child therapy, is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Play is used therapeutically to help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds. For additional information regarding play therapy and its benefits, please see Play Therapy Makes a Difference!

To learn more about what to expect when you and your child see a play therapist, check out What to Expect in a Play Therapy Session page on the Association For Play Therapy Webiste ( www.a4pt.org ) . This is a great resource for understanding and Learning more about play therapy.

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