Most adults can express their thoughts and emotions through verbal communication but children, especially very young ones have generally not developed this capacity. Play therapy gives them a vehicle to express themselves at their own level and pace. They are often given a range of toys or art materials to play with under the guidance of an experienced therapist.
Through the neutral medium of the toys the children can share feelings or experiences in a safe environment and learn new, positive behaviour patterns. This approach helps them to develop their self-confidence, resilience and self-esteem.