The Role Of Play Therapy On Children

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Children are often faced with mental health issues. Some common mental health issues may include; ADHD, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Over time, treating children with these conditions has been a great challenge. Play therapy gives children the opportunity to express their feelings through play. The Association for Play Therapy (2002), states "play therapy is a systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process where therapeutic powers of play are used to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of play therapy on children who have been exposed to trauma, and determine if parent involvement is beneficial in the child’s treatment process. In this review, we will discuss what play therapy is and why it is important. Previous work on play therapy infers that this therapy can be beneficial. Although, there are not enough studies to support its effectiveness on children who experience trauma.
This research is geared towards specialists, who are involved in coming up with the parameters of play therapy and range from child psychologists, school counselors, social workers, and parents in a home-setting looking for therapy to suit their children. The research is also written in a concise and clear manner with simple terms which members of the public interested in the field can understand. It has
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