When adults go to see a counselor or therapist, they talk about their experiences using words. Children, however, sometimes have difficulties verbalizing their feelings and experiences due to their developmental stage. Play therapy allows children to express their experiences using toys, drawings, stories, and other ways of playing in order to work through their problems and experiences in a more developmental appropriate manner. Often times children mirror what they see in life in their play. If you have children yourself, you may notice this, like when their dolls say and do things the child saw the parents doing, or the child reenacts an event that happened at school. Click on the title to this post and view a short video about play therapy, created by the people at the Association for Play Therapy.
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