EPT10-Session-4 – Symbolic Meanings of Toys Welcome to your EPT10-Session-4 - Symbolic Meanings of Toys Name Business Email Phone Number Which is NOT true about the meaning of toys for children in EPT: Toys represent memory and emotionality experienced by the child. Each toy has one expressed meaning and it can only change from session to session. Children are able to express more profound meanings through toys than through verbal descriptions. By responding to the meaning of the toy, the therapist enters the child’s world at a more sensitive and immediate level.The problem with board games is that children cheat to win. True FalseThe toys most often used by children from domestic violent family situations are: Human figures, dollhouse, solders, and bop bag. Broken toy, gold coins, baby doll, and handcuffs. Swords, targets, magic wand, and soldiers. Nesting dolls, puppets, medical kit, and costumes.A girl plays baseball and wants to hit the ball as hard as she can and score several runs. According to EPT metaphors, the underlying theme that fists best is: Baseball is not just a male sport because smart girls can play it too. If the perpetrator comes near me, then I’ll hit him with the bat. I need to gain some power and respect in an important relationship. I’ve been hit with a bat and I never want it to happen again.A girl takes a picture of the therapist’s crotch and then throws the camera down on the floor and kicks it as hard as she can. As the therapist you would most likely be assuming which metaphor: This child had an intrusive memory and has observed pornography or been directly victimized. She wants to remember her time in the playroom and does not want to leave. Her vacation with her grandparents last summer was not very satisfying. She has a poor body image and hates to have her picture taken.When a child plays with marbles and moves them around on the floor, the best representation of the meaning of the play would be: They represent a rock slide that is blocking the highway so traffic is stuck. They represent construction, development, food, and tools. They represent family planning and sibling rivalry. They represent family, grouping, interactions, and relationships that the child has issues around.In EPT the medical kit most likely represents: The child wants to become a physician when s/he grows up. The medical model of play therapy. Internal issues of the child around the body, pain, or fear. Represents growth hormones the child is experiencing and doesn’t understand.Sand is for the sand box only. True FalseAll broken toys should be immediately removed from the playroom immediately. True FalseSharks, alligators, wolves, grizzle bears, and snakes in EPT are: Common metaphors for bad fathers. Indicates that the child was malnourished early in life. The child needs to assert her/himself more. Common symbols for violators of sexual aggression.A child using a knife as opposed to using a gun in EPT would most likely indicate: The issue is more intrusive. The conflict in the issue is more personalized. The child doesn’t need as much power to defend one’s self. The meaning is the same when both toys are available.Guns should not be used in play therapy because they create violence in children. True FalseWhen a child creates a play sequence, there is most likely one item that represents the child as a self-object. True FalseToys that would have a metaphorical meaning to convey a sense of hope would be: Building blocks, cash register, dart gun, and precious stones. Mirror, musical instruments, tools, fire truck. Balloons, bubbles, painting flowers, and treasure chest. Baby blanket, nesting dolls, makeup, and broken toy.Toys have absolute meanings and anytime a child plays with a toy, the therapist knows exactly what the metaphor is for that child. True FalseThe process by which the child incorporates a toy into the play is an additional expansion of the meaning of that toy. True FalsePlay process in play therapy is the same as play in other settings i.e., home or on the playground. True FalseSuper heroes do not belong in the playroom because they give the child a false sense of power. True FalseThe bigger the toy, the better the toy is for the playroom. True FalseIn the play process, gross motor expression by a child is more emotionally and intrapsychically expressive then fine motor movements. True FalseTime is Up!