Children’s needs in therapy are similar to those of an adult but with additional considerations for the developmental stages of childhood.

In a child- play therapy session a child needs:

  • to be able to make independent decisions about some of the choices for play activities
  • to be met where he or she is developmentally and emotionally
  • to experience the playroom as welcoming , fun and emotionally safe
  • to trust in the confidentiality of the session.

My responsibility as a child-play therapist is:

  • to assess the developmental stages of a child and provide age- appropriate activities
  • to know the value, meaning and stages of play
  • to communicate with children in a way that encourages trust
  • to help children learn coping skills and surmount developmental challenges
  • to include the child’s parent/s in the development of a treatment plan