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Play Therapy – what is it and how does it work?

Play Therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses Play (Art, Clay, Sand, Drama, Puppets, Music) to explore and work through emotional, social, developmental and behavioral issues. Research shows that between 74% and 83% of children receiving play therapy (delivered to Play Therapy Ireland standards) showed a lasting positive change in social integration, personal growth, and development.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a beneficial intervention for any child, including those experiencing:

  • Significant loss: such as divorce, separation, bereavement;
  • Trauma, present or past;
  • Anxiety, stress, depression;
  • Developmental delay or learning difficulties;
  • Transitions: Moving, Changes in family dynamics etc;
  • Challenging behaviour;
  • Low Confidence and Self Esteem issues;
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD);
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);

Play Therapy Sessions

The Play Therapist will hold one-to-one Play Therapy sessions in SensorySpace for children aged 3-12* and facilitate (themed) Creative Arts Workshops & training sessions for children, parents or teachers.

(*One to One Play Therapy Sessions: Minimum Contract – 12 sessions).

The Goals

The Goals of Play Therapy:

  • It provides a safe, confidential & supportive environment to work through difficulties using play, instead of traditional talking therapy;
  • It can help to develop self-awareness, problem-solving, coping and resilience skills;
  • Supports emotional healing and personal growth;
  • It provides a structure to build confidence, creativity and encourage focus through directive activities;
  • It offers the child the opportunity to improve and practice social skills (Group Play Therapy);

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