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Supporting Sudden Death In Children & Young Adults
Play Therapy

2 Wish Upon A Star follow the BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) guidelines when recruiting play therapists. All our play therapists are BAPT or PTUK registered.

Talking to your child about the death of someone close may be the hardest thing you have ever done or will do.

What is play therapy

Play therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they may not be able to process. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own place, without feeling interrogated or threatened.

How can play therapy help my child?

Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.

Play therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences to make sense of their past and cope better with the future.

 

 

What will happen during play therapy sessions?

Your child’s play therapist will have a large selection of play materials from which your child may choose. These may include art and craft materials, dressing up props, sand and water, clay, small figures and animals, musical instruments, puppets and books. The play therapist will enable your child to use these resources to express him or herself without having to provide verbal explanations.

How long does a play therapy session last?

Sessions are usually once a week for around an hour. Consistency on a regular day and at the same time and place is very important for developing a trusting relationship. Unplanned missed sessions may disrupt the progress.

       

What information will I be given about the sessions?

Before sessions begin the play therapist will arrange an adult only meeting to carefully listen to your concerns about your child and family. They will review the child’s history and find out what your family has been through so that they can help your child make sense of it.

The play therapist will talk to you about what to tell your child about play therapy and how to anticipate and answer your child’s questions.

The play therapist will meet with you at regular intervals to discuss progress in therapy sessions and any changes and developments you have witnessed or experienced at home.

However, the play therapist will not disclose specific details of the session. This is important to maintain your child’s trust and feelings of safety with the therapist.

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