Because most children do not yet have the developmental skills to respond to typical “talk” therapy, I frequently use play therapy. While most people view play as simply “just fun”, play is actually the natural language of all children. Play is necessary for development! Play allows children to express their feelings about events, relationships, and environments in a safe, non-threatening way. It allows children to try out different solutions to problems and practice new skills. It also allows them to gain insight into situations and relieve stress. Because play is their language, the toys are the words. Play therapists are trained to recognize the themes and symbols of play and then use play to facilitate change, growth, and healing. Play therapy typically consists of using toys, art, games, sand, puppets and dramatic play. Even toddlers can benefit from play therapy! Parents/caregivers of infants can benefit from therapy together to help build attachment and bonding as well.