Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Sandplay--Therapeutic use; Play therapy; Child psychotherapy; Recreational therapy;
Sandplay therapy, developed by Margaret Lowenfeld, is a technique where children choose miniature objects to place in a sand tray to create a concrete representation of their internal struggles. The counselor's role is to create a safe and protected environment and does not impose personal suggestions or ideas. The counselor can choose to facilitate different types of sandplay with a child: directed, nondirected, static, moving, or interactive. Sandplay therapy offers techniques such as hide and seek, family sand trays, mazes, and self-figures. Sandplay therapy is effective with children in the school setting. Teachers report that students return to class more relaxed, calm, happy, and focused after doing a sand tray (Allan & Berry, 1987). Mental health professionals should consider the limitations of sandplay.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Linda J. Nebbe
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©2007 Sophie I. Banwarth
Banwarth, Sophie I., "Sandplay with children in the school setting" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 304.