Carol's play area
As adults, most of us having mastered words and language, still find it difficult to share emotion. Many of us have feelings that we just can't identify. Well imagine what children are experiencing and how difficut it is for them to express themselves. In Child Centered Play Therapy a child is able to express his or her feelings symbolically. The toys are their words and play is their language. A child will reenact a particular theme until he no longer has to express it. When we see movement in a child's play, we also see healing.
Below are two You Tube links, video by Dr. Dee Ray from the University of North Texas, explaining Play Therapy to parents and teachers.
Parent video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onn_qF4pZ9Q
Children's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmKxvTtSWoc
And this is a video from the Association for Play Therapy: