Play is the primary way children learn about their world and it is now widely acknowledged
to have an essential role in their development. So using play is a natural way to
help children understand muddled feelings and upsetting experiences.
If a child seems sad, withdrawn, disruptive, inattentive or unable to cope - play
therapy may help.
Play therapy takes places in a safe environment where children can work through their
problems and difficult feelings. It happens at the child's pace and is non-threatening.
It may also help children where there are developmental concerns, sleeping and eating
problems and difficulties in relationships with family, friends or at school.
The results may lead to a reduction in anxiety, a change in behaviour, raised self-esteem,
manage conflicts in a more appropriate ways and improved relationships with family
Midlothian Sure Start offers individual play therapy, small group therapy and filial
therapy (family therapy), in order to support the child and family according to individual
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