10-2 | Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children

Book Review

Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children

Linda A. Reddy, Tara M. Files-Hall, and Charles E. Schaefer, eds.
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2016. Contributors, introduction, and index. 310 pp. $29.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781591472155

by Gabriel I. Lomas

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The demand for evidence-based treatments has increased. In some states, agencies charged with providing intervention for children in care are required to use evidence-based interventions. Historically, play-based interventions have been marginalized, as many in the mental health field discounted the power of play as effective therapeutic treatment. Knowledge of the potential impact of play in child therapy was once reserved for practitioners who used play therapy and the children they served. However, today there is a growing body of research that points to play as an effective, empirically based intervention for children. Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children is a compilation of thirteen chapters that describe the use of play techniques and strategies to meet the needs of children with various psychological and emotional needs.