Spontaneity With Children

ANZPA Journal No 12, Dec 2003

Play therapy is the most commonly used term to describe therapeutic work with children. In essence, play therapy assists children to make sense of their experiences through play. This might include sandtray, art or other mediums. In drama therapy themes of personal experience connect with the themes of universal dramas.

When Moreno joined in with children, playing out real life dramas and imaginary stories, he took on the roles, among others, of active encourager and attuned witness. At these times he could be described as a play therapist.

Many parents, child educators and health professionals take on roles that can be attributed to the play therapist as they work and play with children in ways which promote self-expression and creativity.