Play therapy is useful for children dealing with emotional difficulties but playing, in general, is important for all children.
"Play is an important way that children learn about the world," says Sarah Rush. "Engaging in unstructured, imaginative play helps children develop social skills, contributes to cognitive and emotional development and helps them cope with stress.
"Through imaginative play children practise regulating their feelings and behaviour. Children with good self-regulation are able to control their emotions and behaviour and exert self-control and discipline.
"Play is also a form of stress relief -- through imaginative play, children build fantasies that help them cope with difficult situations and conquer fears and worries."