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Play Therapy

At Valley Park we are thrilled to be able to offer our children and families Play and Art Therapy. Our therapy staff in school are supported by Sandra Georgeson and Lucy, her wonderful Therapy Dog! 

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is used as a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with difficult life experiences, including developmental trauma, through a self-guided and collaborative process.

Filial Therapy is used to help parents (birth, adoptive, special guardians and foster carers) to be the therapeutic agents of change for their children.

Non-directive Play Therapists offer a safe non-threatening therapy to children with a variety of needs and experiences. Play Therapy works at the child's level and does not require the child to be able to talk about their experiences in order for it to benefit them and relieve psychological distress. It is suited to children of all ages, but is often used for children between the ages of three to thirteen. 

It is particularly helpful to children who have experienced trauma, abuse or have attachment problems. As well as children who are delayed in developmental areas: speech and language, emotional, social and cognitive.

Therapy goals 

Self-Efficacy 

Attachment and Relationship

Empathy 

Specific Problem Resolution

 

Our Play Therapy Resources and Environment

        

        

How can my child access Play Therapy?

Class teachers make referrals for children in their class who they believe will benefit from Play Therapy. If you think that Play Therapy could be something that would provide help and support for your child, please make an appointment with your class teacher to discuss your thoughts.

 More information about Play Therapy can be found here.​​​​​​