Why Play Therapy
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Typical Features

  • Play therapists accept the child’s play and communication (accept the child and the child’s potential for growth).
  • All or much of the work take places in the displacement of play or spoken metaphor (verabl play).
  • Play therapists are child-centered (follow the child’s lead in play rather than imposing views of others).
  • Most play therapists use the child's own words and attributions to play (rather than adding new material of their choosing).
  • (Gently) serve as interpreters/framers of events, feelings and meanings.
  • Set as few limits as practical.

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last updated 2/21/01