Evidence that Play Therapy Works
PTUK gathers practice based evidence
upon the effectiveness of play therapy. PTUK Members measure, with the child's
and parent/carer's permission, the changes that take place in the child's
behaviour and emotional state, in a number of settings such as schools and
primary health care. In the majority of cases there is a marked improvement.
The measurements are a by-product of
governance procedures that our Members are required to follow.
The anonomised data is kept in SEPACTO
national clinical database for play and creative arts therapies
managed by PTUK.
In addition there are a number of other
ad hoc studies providing further evidence as well as anecdotal evidence.
The Therapeutic Play Continuum shows
how different applications of play can deal with a spectrum of emotional and
and papers explain how play works as a therapy.