Part 1: Modern Trends in the Playroom—Preferences and Interactions With Tradition and Innovation

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to determine clinicians’ perspectives of their clients’ receptivity to traditional play therapy toys and techniques and to further ascertain if play therapists are noticing a shift in preference to technology in the play therapy room. In addition, the present study aimed to explore clinicians’ preference, comfort, and utilization of various traditional and innovative play therapy techniques. Participants include 13 Registered Play Therapists (RPTs) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisors (RPT-Ss) who completed semistructured interviews. Qualitative content analysis revealed that participants generally used technology in therapy despite having varying degrees of comfort with these interventions. Although there is rapid growth toward a technological age, participants expressed the continued significance and usability of traditional play therapy toys. Participants generally recommend using technological interventions only as an assistive intervention. Implications include recommendations for further training and research to improve clinicians’ familiarity and comfort with innovative play therapy techniques to maximize therapeutic outcomes.

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