Play therapy is an interactive form of therapy primarily used with children, but may also be used with individuals of all ages. This approach integrates play into therapy through a number of methods, including but not limited to: board games, dolls or puppets, building blocks, clay or play-doh, cards, costumes, etc.
Play therapy is effective in providing children with a developmentally appropriate way to express their thoughts and feelings. During a session, a clinician may engage in the activity, or they may simply observe the child as they talk and play on their own. In directive play therapy, the clinician leads the child through activities which are intentionally geared towards the child’s needs. Non-directive play therapy allows the child to take the lead and to choose an activity for themselves.
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