Theraplay is a special type of play therapy. It works on attachment skills in children and is a registered trademarked specialization that a play therapist can receive. I do not have a theraplay specialization, however, I have attended various trainings on theraplay and use theraplay games and activities with specific clients often.
Here is a 5 minute video about Theraplay
A little longer, but very informative video about Theraplay
Theraplay Video 2
I have used Theraplay activities during my play therapy sessions to work on:
- Decreasing aggression
- Social skills
- Foster parenting
- Adoptive parenting
- Sensory Processing Issues
- Anger Issues
- Trauma Healing
What I love about Theraplay is that it brings the parents in so what we do in session can easily flow into the home. This means that the actual counseling sessions can be fewer and further progress is made at home. I have seen so many children benefit from theraplay games that otherwise struggled in typical play therapy.
For more information regarding Theraplay, check out the Theraplay Institutes's website http://www.theraplay.org/