Play as Therapy
Play as therapy helps children to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings and make sense of their life experiences. Play is a natural activity of learning, exploration and communication for children and so the medium is considered highly effective for helping children to 'play out' what they may find difficult to put into words.
Play is incredibly important for a child's development - helping to shape key social, creative, language, emotional, cognitive and physical processes. As a result, play as therapy can help children in a variety of ways, although exactly how will depend greatly on the individual needs of each child. The approach is considered particularly important for children who may struggle to express themselves verbally.