About Play Therapy
Many children need support in emotional literacy. Others have behaviour or mental health problems at some stage that prevents them from
fulfilling their full potential. Some studies indicate that 20% of children have some form of psychological problem (Venables (1983);Rutter,
Cox et al (1975); Jeffers & Fitzgerald (1991); Porteous (1991) etc) and that 70% of these are helped through the use of psychological
based therapies such as play and creative arts. The 1999 British government survey estimated that 10% of children have a mental health
problem. It is also essential to realise that mental health, like physical health, is as much about prevention as cure.
Modern play therapy is based upon principles developed by Virginia Axline
Practitioners of play therapy and therapeutic play use a Play 'Therapy Tool-Kit'
that therapeutic play and play therapy can help - a short check list - 'Do you know a child who ....... ?'
Indications for Referral
This short article is a very useful guide for parents, carers and other lay persons who may be worried about a
child's emotional condition and the desirability of referral for play therapy.
The Play Continuum
shows how different applications of play can deal with a spectrum of children's emotional, behaviour and mental health
About Play Therapy United Kingdom
Play Therapy UK (PTUK) - the UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies Limited - is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the use of
play and creative arts as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential. We are funded mainly by our membership subscriptions with fees for
services provided and secondarily by philanthropic investments. We list below further pages that describe our philosophies, policies, activities etc:
For more constitutional details see Memorandum and Articles of Association
and Standing Orders
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