Play and playing is a child’s “language”. Trained therapists use structured play to help the child express themselves when they do not have the verbal language to do so. They also use the structured play to foster learning and development in many ways that are age appropriate. Below is a list of numerous benefits of play therapy. ��Play connects the child to the therapist. Play is fun and enjoyable. Play improves a child’s mood. Play is a form of self expression. Play relieves stress. Play relieves boredom. Play can improve self esteem. Play can build cooperation. Play allows children to practice new skills and healthy coping behaviors. Play allows children to try new roles for later success. Play may provide insights about inner conflicts in the child. Play can help a child learn appropriate boundaries. Play therapy refers to a wide variety of treatment methods and activities. While it may look like your child is “just playing” in a counseling session play therapy differs from from regular play because of the therapeutic relationship and focus on assessing, exploring and resolving problems. Play therapy usually reserved for children 3-13 years old, but can be successful with teens and adults too!