Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level



Health, Human Performance and Recreation


Bowers, Lisa

Committee Member/Reader

Perryman, Kristi

Committee Member/Second Reader

Robinson, Samantha


Play is an essential role in the development of children’s language and social-emotional well-being. Intervention methods with the use of play are used by both registered play therapist and speech-language pathologists. This study aims to explore if students who have met the eligibility requirements for speech-language therapy services are also eligible for child-centered play therapy services, as well as examine if students who qualify for both services have common characteristics. Findings demonstrated that students who qualified for CCPT and had individualized education plans (IEPs) for speech-language services had significantly lower poor peer social skills, as determined by teacher’s rating scores, compared to students who did not have an IEP. Implications for the treatment of students who have an IEP for speech-language services and qualify for counseling services are discussed.


Speech and Language Therapy, Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Play, Child-Centered Play Therapy