Play is the child's language and toys are the child's words. - Gary Landreth
APT defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
Some of the areas play therapy helps children with are learning how to communicate, express their thoughts and feelings, build their social skills, problem-solving skills, self-confidence and more. Play therapy creates a comfortable space for children to feel safe to be themselves.
Play therapy is mostly used with children 3-12 years old. For teens and adults, the therapist may find it beneficial to incorporate play techniques in sessions.
Play therapy with your child may include the use of art, clay, puppets, dolls, board games and sandtray.
Contact your therapist for more information about play therapy.