The Importance of Play:

Play is a child’s primary means of communication and is fundamental for development. The British Association of Play Therapists (2009) describe play and Play Therapy as the following:

“Play in child development is demonstrated to be linked to socialisation, development of gross and fine motor skills, development of higher lobe brain functions including empathy, emotional and social intelligence, compassion, reflection, problem solving, creativity and initiative and resilience to stress. Play Therapy can offer the child the means to develop resolutions to specific issues and at the same time develop their emotional and social skills in more generic and transferable outcomes.”

(BAPT, 2009)


British Association of Play Therapists. (2009).
Play Therapy – Its Relevance to 21st Century Needs
of Children, Young People and Families.