Play therapists communicate with children through the medium of toys; blocks, dolls, puppets, paints, vehicles and, of course, modeling clay. Children are naturally attracted to clay. Most have grown up with modeling clay at home and school. Children like clay. If children don't have clay they will play with pie dough, mud, pudding, ice cream or mashed potatoes. They like feeling, molding, squishing, rolling and pounding clay. Counselors use clay because it helps children explore and express fundamental emotions.

CLAYtherapy: A Manual of Therapeutic Applications of Clay with Children provides counselors with over 50 unique clinical, child-centered techniques that enhance the therapeutic relationship. These techniques give the counselor tools to assist children as they engage them in dealing with life issues. CLAYtherapy, simple in its basic application of making dogs and dinosaurs, can be geared-up to assist with some of those weightier issues of growing up:
  • Improving Problem Solving Skills
  • Improving Decision Making Abilities
  • Developing Impulse Control
  • Discovering and Enhancing Self Esteem
  • Developing and Utilizing Patience
  • Resolving Dilemmas of Family Life and Growing Up
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