The organisation- Play Therapy UK’s (PTUK) research into the efficacy of play therapy can be viewed below
In summary, research shows that between 74% and 83% of children receiving play therapy, delivered to PTUK/PTI standards, show a positive change.
The more severe the problems the greater the percentage of children showing a positive change. 74% for those with slight/moderate problems, 83% for those with severe problems.
Age also has an effect on improvement: Generally speaking the younger the child the greater the percentage of children showing a positive change: 80% at age 6 – 71% at age 12 – early help is the most effective.
Girls show a higher improvement rate than boys, 79% compared to 73%.