Play Therapy Techniques

Play Therapy is a therapeutic intervention used primarily with children that assists them with processing emotions and experiences. Because children often do not have the verbal skills, there can be a communication gap between children and caregivers. In many cases, a child may feel something, but is unable to communicate or express themselves in a way that adults can understand. This communication breakdown can lead to misinterpretation as well as a plethora of other issues.

Play therapy can be a vital tool in helping children in therapy processing a variety of issues including:

  • Trauma
  • Divorce/ Separation
  • Blended family challenges
  • Aggressive or angry behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Grief and loss
  • ADHD
  • And more

In play therapy, you can expect your child’s therapist to use playtime to observe and gain insight into your kiddo’s presenting issues.  Your child’s therapist can then help them explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma. Through play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviors.

Sessions must take place in an environment where the child feels safe and where there are few limitations. The therapist may use techniques that involve:

  • creative visualization
  • storytelling
  • role-playing
  • toy phones
  • puppets, stuffed animals, and masks
  • dolls, action figures
  • arts and crafts
  • water and sand play
  • blocks and construction toys
  • dance and creative movement
  • musical play