Child counselors and play therapists utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991).
In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language (Landreth, 2002).
Specific toys are introduced in the playroom, including toys that are considered nurturing, aggressive, real life or creative. When a child chooses a certain toy from a certain category, the play therapist gains knowledge about what issues a child may be struggling with, and by utilizing these toys therapeutically, a child begins to process these issues through their play.
Play therapy can be used to address issues of anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, divorce and separation, crisis or trauma, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, ADHD, autism and behavioral issues.
*Information adapted from Association for Play Therapy.
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