play therapy


Definition of play therapy

: psychotherapy in which a child is encouraged to reveal feelings and conflicts in play rather than by verbalization

Examples of play therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will be children’s play therapy and counseling rooms. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 4 Dec. 2020 There are two types of play therapy: nondirective and directive. Zayna Syed, Dallas News, 18 June 2020 Frei-Jones’ daughter and Ariel’s close friend Abby Jones, 17, was inspired to create her Gold Award project of play therapy doll houses from the troop’s work at the center. Vincent T. Davis,, 29 June 2020 Taylor’s use of Candyland is an activity used in play therapy. Zayna Syed, Dallas News, 18 June 2020 And imagine trying to effectively lead play therapy with young children from a remote location. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 8 May 2020 The playrooms and play therapy rooms, after each session they are being disinfected. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2020 After Stan — as his mom calls him — left intensive care, EACH offered them emotional support and play therapy. Simon Perry,, 13 Nov. 2019 My son has been through play therapy and still has someone helping with kindergarten prep for kids exposed to trauma. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of play therapy

1936, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Play therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of play therapy

: psychotherapy in which a child is encouraged to reveal feelings and conflicts in play rather than by verbalization

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