Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Non-directive play is more than just play alone. Non-directive play has the potential of being an educational tool to enhance preschool children’s social and emotional competence. It can be of great value when used accordingly. This project will examine how play therapy and non-directive play evolved from its beginning, being used by therapist with the child, to present time where teachers, parents, or primary care givers can be therapeutic agents for a child who is experiencing moderate behavior problems or having difficulty with attachment issues. By implementing simple non-directive play principles in the classroom setting, teachers can build a trusting relationship that will foster positive behavior. Filial Therapy and Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) have been noted in this research for providing services to parents or primary caregivers using non-directive play principles. This research will focus on the strategies and benefits of non-directive play that promote social and emotional competence in preschool children.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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