Play serves as the primary method for children to foster learning and development, providing a language through which they can convey thoughts and feelings they are experiencing. Play therapy can help children deal with a wide range of stressors, including social difficulties at school and/or at home, academic challenges, anxious or depressed feelings and difficulty with self-regulation (attention deficit disorder-related behaviors). With the skillful intervention of a play therapist, children are able to communicate a range of emotions and thoughts before they have the verbal language skills to express these experiences using words. The play therapist engages in various forms of play with kids to help them work through problems or painful feelings and to address troublesome behaviors. Children are able to master healthy coping strategies and will learn how to express emotions in an adaptive way, skills which will continue to benefit them throughout their development. Play therapy affords children a safe, consistent environment in which they can better understand themselves, their feelings and their reactions to different people and situations.