This lovely video is so accurate when we think about the difference between talk therapy for adults and play therapy for children. Children do not have the language or maturity to express themselves fully with words. (Actually, many adults do not yet either.) Therefore, toys are a child’s words and play is their language. Play therapy is an effective, creative approach that meets the child where he or she is, and utilizes their language, play!
When placed in the right therapeutic environment, with a good therapeutic relationship, a child will gravitate towards acting and working out tough problems that cannot be verbally expressed. Therapeutic play is very different from regular play. A trained play therapist recognizes themes in play, promotes emotion regulation, self-control and confidence. A trained play therapist also will use evidence-based interventions shown to be effective for treating the presenting issue.
You can read more about play therapy and search for a Registered Play Therapist in your area at www.A4PT.org.