"Children simply don't have the language to talk about their problems," said Marilyn Snow, associate professor of leadership and counselor education at the University of Mississippi.
recalled what play therapists commonly call "a room wreck," in which a little boy angrily threw toys on the floor and knocked over shelves.
let out a big sigh and said, 'Freedom!' I could just tell it was very liberating for him," Snow said.
While a "room wreck" may look and sound like a plain old tantrum to other adults, including parents and teachers, Snow
said that play therapists create a comfortable space for children essential to helping them work through their issues.
did that elsewhere, it would be labeled as 'bad.' He
doesn't want to be called 'bad,' so he
wouldn't do that in public anymore," she