Intervention and Strategies in Counseling and Psychotherapy
From a developmental perspective, most children under the ages of 10 or 11 do not have the abstract verbal reasoning skills to articulate clearly all of their thoughts, feelings, reactions, and attitudes (Bettelheim, 1987; Piaget, 1962). Because of this consideration, many mental health professionals use toys and the process of play therapy to help them communicate with young children about the children’s (a) experiences, (b) reactions to those experiences, (c) feelings about those experiences, (d) desires and goals, and (e) perceptions of themselves, others, and the world (Kottman, 1995; Landreth, 1991). This approach to counseling children allows them to use their own natural way of expressing themselves, without assuming that they are capable of using the more adult communication modality of conversation.
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Kottman, Terry, "Play therapy" (2013). Faculty Publications. 1703.