Child-centered play therapy as an intervention for children with autism: A literature review Heidi Hillman Eastern Washington

The purpose of this article was to systematically review the play therapy literature examining the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population. Child-centered play therapy is shown to be an evidencebased, effective intervention for children; however, a systematic review of childcentered play therapy as an intervention with the ASD population has yet to be conducted. Even though results of the literature review show that child-centered play therapy is promising in increasing social and emotional behaviors of children with ASD, more research is needed to determine whether child-centered play therapy is an efficacious intervention with children with autism spectrum disorder. © 2018 Association for Play Therapy.

The purpose of this article was to systematically review the play therapy literature examining the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population. Child-centered play therapy is shown to be an evidencebased, effective intervention for children; however, a systematic review of childcentered play therapy as an intervention with the ASD population has yet to be conducted. Even though results of the literature review show that child-centered play therapy is promising in increasing social and emotional behaviors of children with ASD, more research is needed to determine whether child-centered play therapy is an efficacious intervention with children with autism spectrum disorder. © 2018 Association for Play Therapy.

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