Therapeutic Interventions

Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is non-directive and is built around the understanding that children have an inbuilt drive towards health and wellbeing.

GARRY L. LANDRETH Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship

Toys are children's words and play is their language.

Play Therapy in School

By watching the way that children play we can learn about the way in which they frame the world.

Stories, imagination and creativity are all part of this expressive therapy.

Children can show therapists their feelings through the personal sharing and demonstrating of their play. Materials and equipment are provided which allow children to communicate comfortably at their own level and at a pace which suits them and their specific needs.

Using Sand in Play TherapyMaterials used in the Play Therapy toolkit should include;

  • Art materials
  • puppets
  • wet sand
  • dry sand
  • water
  • musical instruments
  • dolls house
  • dolls (eg small world)
  • costumes

Children learn and explore through their play activities. It is only once our basic needs are met that we are able to begin to play. Play is creative and expressive in its unique nature. As we interact with our environment in an imaginative manner we are developing in a number of ways.

All of the creative therapeutic interventions which are offered by Emotional Trauma Support at One Education engage children in kinds of restorative play, whether it be through Art, Dance, Drama, Horticulture or Music.

For more information about how we can offer Play Therapy to students in your school, fill in the form below or call Deirdre McConnell on 0844 967 1111.

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