play therapy

noun

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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The storytelling tree helps children engage in play therapy. Erin Gabriel, CNN, "NBA makes space for fans with autism spectrum disorder," 30 Mar. 2018 These rooms often feature games and tools that include multisensory play therapy, activity and technology stations. Erin Gabriel, CNN, "NBA makes space for fans with autism spectrum disorder," 30 Mar. 2018 Nothing else had worked for Zack — flashcards, photos, play therapy. Whitney Ellenby, Washington Post, "Bystanders were horrified. But my son has autism, and I was desperate.," 27 Feb. 2018 Particularly this year, Elves on the Shelf sometimes seem to reflect not the whimsical world of children, but the needs of their parents to deal with a confusing world via play therapy. Anchorage Daily News, "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas toy for kids, or a mind game for adults?," 20 Dec. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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play therapy

noun
\ˈplā-ˌ \

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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