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What is play therapy? How does it impact my child?

Play is the word always attached to the life of a child. As a child we were fond of playing, where we are engaged, present in that moment and being joyful in the company of toys or people around us. Fun, movement, excitement, interest and the list will go on as soon as thought of play flashes our minds.

Haim G. Ginott (1960, 243) coined the phrase, “toys are the child’s words and play is the child’s language”.

Perfectly described, play is really important for a child’s development. It facilitates the child’s social, physical, language, emotional and cognitive development. During play the child is involved in a sensory motor way with objects that symbolises his/her abstract emotions. That’s why Jean Piaget (1962) proposed that play bridges the gap between concrete experience and abstract thought.