About the Lab:
At the Play Therapy Research and Training Lab at Oklahoma State University we conduct
research to examine the effectiveness of play therapy with children. In particular,
we are interested in how play therapy benefits marginalized children and/or children
experiencing adverse life conditions. Our lab is open to both students and faculty
who are interested in play therapy or other expressive arts therapy that positively
impact child development.
What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy allows children to work through stressful life events in a developmentally
appropriate way. Toys are carefully selected to be used in the playroom which allows
children to speak through their natural language of play. In play therapy children
can communicate at their own pace and gain control over feelings and reactions to
situations in their lives. Play therapy has been found to be effective with children
on a variety of issues such as: internalizing and externalizing behaviors, disruptive
behaviors, caregiver–child relationship stress, and self-efficacy. To learn more about
play therapy please visit: http://www.a4pt.org/