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Play therapy

Play specialists work with children to help them explore their feelings. It provides the foundations for learning and a means of understanding and gaining control over situations that are often unavoidable.

Using toys they allow the young person to deal with their anxieties without the need to talk through their feelings.

The result can be a reduction in their anxiety, raised self esteem, behaviour changes and improving relationships.

Developmental leisure play activities

Developmentally appropriate activities can have a positive impact on potentially challenging behaviour.

The Play Specialist may provide individual or group sessions to promote the young person’s play skills.

Intensive interaction

For children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities, intensive interaction develops social interaction and non-verbal communications skills.

By using repetitive, familiar social exchanges with an attentive, interactive partner, young people grow an understanding of turn taking and positive engagement with others.

Preparation and post-procedural play

Having an EEG, MRI scan or a blood test can be a frightening experience.

Play is used as a medium to develop an understanding of hospital procedures or an awareness of conditions such as epilepsy.

By exploring medical procedures through play activities the young person gains an understanding of what is going to happen and therefore a sense of control often resulting in increased co-operation.

Play therapy

The play therapist provides one-to-one support for young people who may have difficulties in verbally expressing their emotional difficulties.

Responding to the young person's communication through their play, the play therapists provide a non-judgemental, safe environment for the young person to explore and express their emotions.

Our therapy teams work together to ensure young people receive a holistic service, tailored to their individual needs.

Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit

For more information, contact our Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit on 01342 831203 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feedback from visitors

Quote Icon What I really liked about the service was being able to ask any ‘silly’ questions. I was able to be with my son at all times, lovely nurses really looked after us both.

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