ERIC Number: EJ832947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Play Therapy in Elementary Schools
Landreth, Garry L.; Ray, Dee C.; Bratton, Sue C.
Psychology in the Schools, v46 n3 p281-289 Mar 2009
Because the child's world is a world of action and activity, play therapy provides the psychologist in elementary-school settings with an opportunity to enter the child's world. In the play therapy relationship, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language. Therefore, children play out their problems, experiences, concerns, and feelings in a manner that is similar to the process of talk therapy. This article provides practical information for developing a play therapy program, a discussion of the skills needed by the psychologist, how to involve parents and teachers in the treatment process, and a review of impressive effect sizes found in play therapy research studies.
Descriptors: Play, School Psychologists, Effect Size, Therapy, Play Therapy, Elementary Schools, Toys, Program Development, Parent Participation, Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Parents; Counselors; Teachers
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