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Play Therapy

Play is a natural and spontaneous part of people’s lives. During play children learn about their physical surroundings, their own capabilities and limitations, social rules and the difference between fantasy and reality. In addition, play is one way children learn to communicate. In play children can show others things that are too complicated to say.

Therapists use play in therapy for many reasons. Play promotes healthy development. Play helps build a positive relationship between the therapist and the client. Play is fun and helps to engage the child in the therapy session. Children can often communicate their difficulties more effectively through play than they can through language. Since play is fun, it makes it easier for children to confront what is bothering them. Play allows them a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows them to express their true thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level. Once children have expressed and addressed their problems through play, the therapist will be better able to help them find solutions to their problems in life.

For more information, check out the website of Play Therapy International http://www.playtherapy.org/playhowdoestpwork.html.