The younger children are the more difficult directive play therapy is to do with them.
However, just because something is difficult does not mean it is impossible.
In the right circumstance, directive play therapy techniques with young children can be used, allowing skills to be taught in a fun, interactive manner.
Most recently, I was working with a young child to teach the emotional identification. Not only did I want this child to identify emotions but also learn to express them in an appropriate manner. For example, young children often express feelings of anger and frustration through hitting or acting out. With play therapy, the child can learn to redirect the expression of these feelings.
Through this technique, my client not only learned feeling words but also gained a communication tool. More