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play therapy Syllabification: play ther·a·py

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of play therapy in English:

noun

Therapy in which emotionally disturbed children are encouraged to act out their fantasies and express their feelings through play, aided by a therapist’s interpretations.
Example sentences
  • Family therapists can utilize techniques from both family therapy and play therapy as an effective way to include children as part of the therapeutic process.
  • Three theoretical approaches were the most frequently ranked as panelists' first choice: Structural family therapy, child play therapy, and an integrative approach.
  • Since the 1950s, the disciplines of family therapy and play therapy have developed simultaneously but separately.

Derivatives

play therapist

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noun
Example sentences
  • She commented to the play therapist, ‘I felt like it all really happened.’
  • The parent's role is modeled after that of a child-centered play therapist.
  • The play therapist is a member of the team and notes behavior and attitudes that contribute to the team's understanding of the child.

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