Theraplay is a form of child therapy that focuses on strengthening the attachment and emotional bond between a child and their caregiver. It was developed by clinical social worker Ann Jernberg in the 1960s and is based on attachment theory and developmental research.

In Theraplay, the therapist engages the child in playful, nurturing activities that promote positive interactions between the child and their caregiver. The therapist helps the caregiver to become more attuned to the child's emotional needs and to respond in a more nurturing and supportive way.

Theraplay is used to treat a wide range of issues, including attachment disorders, trauma, anxiety, and behavioural problems. It is typically used with young children but can also be effective with older children and adolescents.

Theraplay sessions typically last 45-60 minutes and are conducted on a weekly basis. The therapy may be brief or long-term, depending on the needs of the child and their family.


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