Therapeutic play is a method of helping children with behaviour emotional and social problems to help themselves in a safe space where children can play out their feelings and problems with a therapeutic objective. The main role of the therapeutic play therapist is to hold the space and contain the child’s feelings.
Play is the child’s natural medium of self – expression and it is essential for a child’s development. It can help all sorts of ages but is more effective for ages 3 -12.
Therapeutic play is not just play for fun it is a process of getting out emotional dirt from the wound.
The therapeutic play therapist has a tool kit that consists of puppets creative art materials sand play clay musical instruments and dressing up clothes. This symbolic fantasy play with its use of metaphors provides new experiences that develop the mind.