What is play therapy?
Adults’ natural medium of communication is verbalization; for children the natural way of communication is through play and activity.
A young child uses play as a main source of expressing his or her feelings and thoughts. Play is the child’s language and toys are the words.
The therapist’s responsibility is to go to the child’s level and communicate through the medium in which he or she is most comfortable.
Play therapy provides the therapist with an opportunity to enter the child’s world.
What children learn in Play Therapy:
• To respect themselves
• To identify their feelings
• To assume responsibility for self
• To accept themselves
• To be resourceful in confronting problems
• To make choices and to be responsible for them