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Relational Intervention: Child-Centered Play erapy With Children on the Autism Spectrum

ByDEE C. RAY, JEFFREY M. SULLIVAN, SARAH E. CARLSON

Child-Centered Play Therapy Definition and Background Child-centered play therapy (CCPT) is a mental health intervention that recognizes the relationship between therapist and child as the primary healing factor for children facing many types of challenges. CCPT therapists use a playroom with carefully selected toys to match the developmentally appropriate communication style of children, which is play, thereby supporting the message that the therapist seeks to understand the whole child in the context of his or her world. By understanding and accepting children’s world, the therapist o®ers them an environment that unleashes their potential to move toward self-enhancing ways of being.  e growth that children experience through CCPT typically results in reducing their relationally or physically harmful ways of interacting as well as increasing their sense of self-responsibility toward behavior.