Play is a child’s language and toys are their words (Landreth, 2002). In Play Therapy, a trained and licensed therapist provides structured and theoretically based approaches to children often between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. On a developmentally appropriate level, play therapists meet the child where they are and during the process, the power of play inherently allows children to express themselves and process their thoughts and emotions. Sometimes without any words. For some children, there are no words, but there are experiences and burdens that can be far too great to carry alone and too hard to articulate.
Play therapy is research based and shown to improve the outcomes of children who have experienced it. It has the best outcomes when parents, caregivers, or family members are involved (APT, 2019). Children who may benefit from play therapy are, but not limited to children who experience(d):
- Academic challenges
- Behavioral concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Social distress/impairments