Child Centered Play Therapy
What is Child cantered Play Therapy?
Play is a child’s natural form of communication. Through the medium of play a play therapist can help children express, explore and make sense of confusing feelings and upsetting events which have been left unresolved. Play Therapy is a gentle but effective therapy ideally suited in helping children develop healthy relationships, resiliency, emotional literacy and learn to problem solve.
What are the benefits of offering Play Therapy in schools?
- Helps children and young people to build healthier relationships with teaching staff and peers
- Reduces emotional, behavioural and social obstacles to learning.
- Improves adaptation in the classroom.
- Enhances communication and play skills as well as emotional literacy
- Addresses the needs of at-risk children
- Supports and advises teaching staff
- Is recommended by the DfE as an appropriate and effective intervention.
Who is referred for Play therapy?
- Children who have experienced significant trauma
- Children who need to express their feelings in ways other than verbal
- Children whose emotional and mental health needs are having a significant impact on their learning and their ability to form and maintain relationships
- Children who have experienced loss
Who can I speak to if I am concerned and/or need advice?
Referrals are made by the Head of School and the Inclusion Managers. There are limited spaces and therefore decisions are made based on priorities and needs. If you need advice please contact the Inclusion Managers.
West Norwood Play Therapist: Harriet Armstrong
Streatham Play Therapist: Susan Williams