What makes PLAY therapeutic?

Play therapy?  Many people ask how can “just” playing help?  What makes PLAY therapeutic?

Well, over the next few days I will post on different dimensions of what exactly play is, why it’s important, and how it is used therapeutically by summarizing literature on play and play therapy.  Today I will cover what Chazan writes on as the characteristics of play activity that makes “it intrinsic to the process of psychic recovery and repair?” (p. 23)

Therapeutic Characteristics of Play

In case you’d like to read more by Chazan …

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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