‘Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children’ - Walt Disney


It is estimated that 1 in 4 children suffer from a psychological disorder and 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health difficulty.


Employing a play therapist in your school will provide much needed support for children that need that little bit of extra help. Many children suffering will go unnoticed, usually becoming withdrawn in class, whereas others will suddenly become the ‘problem’ child in class. 


These children will often be unable to talk about what is worrying them; some won’t even understand what the problem is.This is where Play Therapy can help; it allows children to express themselves through their natural medium of expression – play.


Play Therapy is a cost effective, evidence based intervention for children having difficulty socially, emotionally or behaviourally. As each child is an individual these difficulties will show themselves in different ways.


Play Therapy can help children who have experienced:


  • Bereavement / Loss

  • Separated/Divorced Parents

  • Behavioural Problems

  • Communication Problems

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Trauma

  • Abuse

  • Nightmares

  • Delayed Development

  • Unauthorised Absences

  • Social Exclusion

  • Physical illness

  • Adoption issues

  • Difficulties adjusting a big life changes

  • Sensory processing difficulties


Or who are:


  • Bullied/Bullies

  • Withdrawn

  • Under Performing:

    • Academic

    • Social

    • Cultural

    • Physical


By providing a Play Therapy service within your school you are providing much needed support early on in a child’s life, enabling them to deal with their problems and move on. There will also be a knock on improvement for the whole school; children will be more willing to learn in class, there will be less interruptions in class, teachers will be able to focus on the whole class rather than spending more time with disruptive children, there will be more participation in group work, better communication and listening skills between peers, a reduced number of exclusions and an improvement in attendance rates.


Once a Play Therapy Service has been set up in your school, referrals will be accepted from teachers, parents or the pupils themselves. The therapist will then meet with the parents and assess the child to determine the best course for them, either individual sessions or group sessions.


Sessions last for 40 minutes and take place at the same time and place each week. Sessions typically run for 12 weeks; however each case will be assessed at 8 weeks with the parents and teachers to determine what progress is being made and to decide if more sessions will be necessary.


If you are interested in providing a Play Therapy service within your school please contact Standing Tall Play Therapy Services and a therapist will be in contact to discuss your options.

Phone:  07843574344

© 2014 by Victoria Smith Accredited Play Therapist