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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82-89

Therapeutic intervention for children through play: An overview


1 PhD Scholar, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 MSW, Block Program Manager, Department of Rural Development, State Rural Livelihood Mission, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 MSW, MPhil, PhD, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Calicut, Kerala, India
4 Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Basavaraj Shrinivasa
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, First Floor, Dr. M.V. Govindaswamy Building, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AMH.AMH_34_18

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Play is children's innate mode of self-expression and a method through which they explore the world. It has important implication for overall (physical, psychological, and psychosocial) development of any children. Play therapy capitalizes on such therapeutic powers or changing mechanisms within play and considers its strategic use through trained professionals to promote specific therapeutic outcomes within therapeutic contexts. This review article aims to provide a brief description on the use of play as therapeutic agent for change, different processes expressed in play, therapeutic powers within the play, and major approaches to play therapy. An attempt has also been made to list out some of the research studies from the available literature to prove the efficacy of play therapy in different conditions. The article concludes with highlighting the current issues and challenges faced by play therapy practice as a therapeutic medium to be used with children and way forward has been suggested.


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