Play Therapy Interventions

What Pushes Your Buttons?

Honestly, some of the best play therapy interventions that I use were created on a whim. Just the other day I was thinking about how to make identifying triggers fun for a couple little boys that I am working with. I thought, and thought, and thought, and then it hit me! What pushes your buttons? So many interventions are created through metaphors and I think this one is great to help identify triggers for my little guys.

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  • The first part of the intervention is to discuss the metaphor of “Pushing Buttons.” Explain to kids that some adult or kids say “you’re pushing my buttons!” which means that they’re annoyed, mad, or frustrated.


  • Brainstorm different things that “push people’s buttons,” like loud noises, being pushed etc.


  • Have the child cut out the buttons and label them with their triggers.


  • Have the child paste the buttons onto the shirt.


  • During the activity, you can discuss with the child when their “buttons have been pushed” recently and what they did in response. This activity is a great leadway to talking about coping skills and conflict resolution.


Below find the FREE handout to help you work on identifying triggers with your clients.

What Pushes Your Buttons FREE Handout!
Play on!



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