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 For younger children, counselors may incorporate play therapy, a popular method among child psychologists that helps kids feel comfortable talking about their feelings. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 16 Apr. 2022 Older children ages 3-to-5 are ideal candidates for play therapy, according to Whitson. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 Like conventional play therapy, which uses toys to help patients express thoughts and feelings, online gaming offers another way to communicate. Gina Rich, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 The new clinic will have a playroom for play therapy, confidential waiting rooms, and rooms of different sizes for counseling. Sriya Reddy, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of play therapy

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Play therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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