Play therapy can be very effective with children 3-12 years in age. Play therapy works well with children in this age group because their language skills are not as developed as an adult and they are able to better express themselves through play rather than words.
Finding the right therapist is important and understanding credentialing can help you make an informed choice. Becoming an RPT requires a minimum of 150 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by the Association for Play Therapy, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and 50 hours of play therapy supervision. Ongoing continuing education involves 18 hours of approved training every 3 years