Play Continuum Frequently Asked
Question 1: What is the difference
between play which provides a therapeutic benefit and therapeutic play?
Play is self-administered by the child.
This type of play often happens spontaneously. There is no therapeutic
intervention by another person but play has a beneficial effect upon the
child’s development, indeed it is essential, and may help to resolve some
slight or mild problems.
Therapeutic play has an objective
related to improving the emotional development, behaviour or mental well-being
of the child. It is mediated by someone trained in therapeutic play skills.
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