What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is using play as a means to help children in expressing and communicating their feelings. It helps the children to identify and bring the areas which causes emotional and/or behavioural issues to the surface, in order to deal with it and find healing.

How can play therapy
help my child?

Play Therapy helps children to understand and deal with issues that cause emotional and behaviour challenges in their lives. It assists children to explore and freely express their suppressed thoughts and emotions through the means of play. It helps children to improve social skills, find emotional and personal growth, improve emotional regulation and receive healing from traumatic experiences.

We are passionate about teaching! Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a workshop at your school about the benefits of Play Therapy and when to refer or about how Play Therapy can help children of all ages!



  • Children between the ages of 3-12 years
  • Children who have experienced trauma (divorce, death, bullying, hospitalization, separation, etc)
  • Behavioural difficulties in children
  • Emotional challenges such as breakdowns and emotional outbursts

How it works

How do I make an appointment at OT Kids?

You can make an appointment by either contacting us via email at info@otkids.co.za or calling us. We will then email all the necessary forms to you with the information regarding Play Therapy and how it works as well as an account agreement. Once you have signed and sent back the account agreement, a date and time can be booked for an assessment.

How will my child be assessed?
The assessment is 2 hours long, in which we use different techniques in order to assess the complete child’s emotional and behavioural well-being. For children 6 years and younger, two 1 hour assessments over two days are recommended as it can at times be a bit tough for the little ones to do a full assessment on one day.
What do I need to bring to the assessment?
Any other therapy reports or school reports you wish to share with the therapist.
What happens after the assessment?

After the assessment a report is written that explains the findings of the assessment. Thereafter a parent feedback session is booked in order to discuss the report in detail and parents also have the opportunity to ask questions and raise their concerns.


"When you’re free, you can play. And when you’re playing, you become free.” – Heidi Kaduson