How can play therapy benefit my child with Autism?
Play therapy responds to the unique developmental needs of young children, who often find it simpler to express themselves better through play activities than through verbal communication. The therapist uses play and other creative activities to communicate with the child and observe how the child uses these activities to express thoughts and feelings that are not expressed in words.
There are typically two approaches to play therapy:
The first is known as nondirective play therapy, and is based on the idea that children can resolve their own issues given the right conditions and the freedom to play with limited instruction and supervision.
The second is known as directive play therapy, and it uses more input from the therapist to help speed up results. Play therapists may use both approaches, depending on the circumstances.