Play Continuum Frequently Asked Questions  

Question 1: What is the difference between play which provides a therapeutic benefit and therapeutic play?  


Play is self-administered by the child. This type of play often happens spontaneously. There is no therapeutic intervention by another person but play has a beneficial effect upon the child’s development, indeed it is essential, and may help to resolve some slight or mild problems.  

Therapeutic play has an objective related to improving the emotional development, behaviour or mental well-being of the child. It is mediated by someone trained in therapeutic play skills.  

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