Psycho Motor Activity Therapy or Play Therapy responds to ‘Every Child Matters’ offering children vital extra support to develop their full potential. It can provide an essential intervention for children who struggle to maintain control over their emotional needs because of difficult experiences in the past or present or challenging home-life situations. When children are suffering from traumatic experiences, their emotions are fixated on this event, not allowing them to access the full curriculum in their learning.

As part of their therapeutic process, the therapist formulate together with the pupil and his carer/teacher individual therapeutic goals to monitor progress and changes. These goals are linked to SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) objectives and can therefore support the school’s focus on PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education.

Additionally, working with children is a very demanding job. As children’s emotional stability is increased within the classroom, it often has an impact of the emotional well-being of teachers too. Staffs stress level and illnesses may reduce.

 Within the school setting Play Therapy benefits both the child and teaching staff by facilitating improvements in …

  • Participation in group work
  • Communication with others
  • Listening
  • Concentration on work
  • Reduced exclusions
  • Improvement in attendance rates

Play Therapy addresses the principles of the National Curriculum inclusion statement:

  • Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs
  • Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils Dfes Standards 2008