In summary for parents/carers...
A crucial aspect of the Theraplay® Informed Practice is supporting you in your role. A focus is being able to gain more insight into the underlying reasons for your child's behaviour, based upon scientific reserach about the developing brain and attachment. You will be able to learn about why your child's unique background requires a different parenting style than you might have expected; therapeutic parenting.
In all cases, there is sensitivity to your family's needs. It is a strengths based approach aimed at focusing on what is already working well in your family, whilst giving support to approach parenting more challenging behaviour in a different way.
Family at Home Package.
Initially there is a 1 hour meeting with the adults in the family to discuss the referral and assess needs.
We arrange a convenient time to complete an observation in the family home or an agreed venue. This includes around eight activities reflecting the dimensions of Nurture, Engagement, Structure and Challenge and takes approximately 1.5 hours. It is recorded using a video camera (for analysis purposes or supervision). The DVD footage is analysed and a report is written to summarise the observations.
A meeting then takes place to give feedback to parents/carers. We talk about what is working well in the family already, and the areas we can use Theraplay® to help issues that are arising. It usually lasts around 1.5 hours. Activities are demostrated to allow the adults to feel more informed about what will happen in the sessions.
A plan of 8-12 sessions of Theraplay® are planned with the family at a mutually convenient time. At the end of the sessions a Review meeting takes place to consider progress or if the work may continue further. If the work has given the family a foundaton of skills to use, this may be a final feedback meeting lasting around 1.5-2 hours. A Final feedback report will also be written to summarise the work completed and recommendations. If at this Review point further work is felt to be needed this can be discussed and planned if funding is agreed.
School and Home Package.
In addition to the package of support above, it is possible to include the child's school or nursery in the sessions. A package of sessions can be offered involving a key member of staff for the child. These sessions can be discussed and planned depending on the needs of the child and school.
In addition, if the school would like a workshop to establish an understanding of the Theraplay® Principles this can be discussed and costed as part of the package depending on need.
Please make contact to discuss and costings can be provided. An application to the Adoption Support Fund can be considered as funding for Adoptive families and Special Guardians.