Typical Developmental Milestones


This is often referred to the “play-age” because children use play to explore and master the worlds around them. If trauma intrudes on their capacity to play, healthy development can be derailed in crucial ways across all domains. This section first reviews aspects of healthy development, then addresses the signs that should alert caregivers that a child could benefit from professional help. Finally, it discusses how therapists use play to help children overcome the difficulties that brought them to treatment.