Theraplay is a dynamic and effective short-term approach to treating children’s
emotional, social and behavioural problems. Based on the intimacy and
physical interplay that characterize normal relationships between parent and
child, Theraplay as a play therapy technique uses structured play to enhance healthy
attachment, selfregulation and to promote the child’s self-esteem,
competence and trust in others.
Theraplay as a play therapy model is applicable to children of all ages from infants to
adolescents. Methods for guiding parents to observe their children more
emphatically and to participate in direct application in treatment sessions aimed at
fostering better parent-child relationship will be reviewed.