How play therapy can help your school
Through play therapy a child is able to work through emotional and behavioural difficulties that can be impeding their progress. The child is then more receptive to teaching and learning. This has a positive effect both on the individual child and other children in the class and the teaching staff.
It can help in many ways including:
- improving social skills
- improving communication skills
- encouraging creativity and imagination
- encouraging focus and concentration
- enhancing emotional literacy
- developing confidence
Play therapy can help raise standards
Schools can help by providing:
- a room that is available at the same time each week
- a recognition of the need for the sessions not to be interrupted
- time set aside for discussing referrals and reviews
- completion of short questionnaires about the child
Some schools choose to use the Pupil Premium Funding to provide play therapy for pupils whom they consider would benefit from this intervention. Ofsted has often recognised this as an innovative and effective way of helping children.
I can also offer group play therapy for small groups of children if the level of difficulty allows for this. This will depend on the nature of the children’s needs but can be effective for working with children with some similar difficulties e.g. loss, low self-esteem.