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play therapy

( ludo therapy )
The use of play activities in psychotherapy or speech therapy with children, in which the child is given opportunities, within defined limits, for the free expression of socially or personally unacceptable feelings in the presence of an accepting therapist. In individual play therapy sessions the therapist may observe the child as he plays with materials (such as puppets, clay or toys) permitting him within reason to freely express emotional feelings and conflicts for purposes of catharsis or insight.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)


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