For children, play therapy allows them to express their feelings through play and toys instead of words. That is to say, play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old.
Above all, I believe that effective intervention requires a collective effort between the therapist and child’s family. Therefore, it is important to meet with the parent or caregiver to provide suggestions and create goals for a successful outcome.
- Children begin play therapy for many reasons, including:
- Challenges with peer or sibling relationships
- Coping with grief or loss, such as family member or pet
- Struggling with anxiety or anger
- Adjustment to a life transition, such as moving or divorce
- School problems, including bullying
PARENTS: Watch this introduction to play therapy.
CHILDREN: Watch this video with your child before starting play therapy.