Play Therapy is the
systematic use of a
play to establish an interpersonal process wherein play therapists use
the therapeutic powers of play to help children prevent or resolve
psychosocial challenges and achieve optimal growth and development. A
working definition might be a form of counseling or psychotherapy that
therapeutically engages the power of play to communicate with and help
people, especially children, to engender optimal health.
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Play Therapy is often used as tool of diagnosis. A play therapist
observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to
determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns
of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can
be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside
and outside the session.
Children will engage in play behavior in order to work through their
inner struggles. In this way, play therapy can be used as a self-help
mechanism, as long as children are allowed time for "free play" or
"unstructured play." From a developmental point of view, play has been
determined to be an essential component of healthy child development.
Play has been directly linked to cognitive development.
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