Play is essential for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially. In fact, it is a vital part of their development. Play therapy aims to develop a safe and accepting space, where children can use play, their natural language, to express themselves.

The child and therapist work together at our hospices, in the family home or at the child’s school, using specially chosen toys that will encourage the safe expression of feelings and support the development of healthier behaviours.

How does play therapy help?

• It provides a safe space for emotional expression
• Children learn how to express their thoughts and feelings in constructive ways
• It increases confidence and concentration
• It provides the space to communicate problems the child is unable to vocalise
• It helps the child come to terms with past trauma and move on
• It increases social and communication skills
• It improves the family’s emotional vocabulary


Read about our other types of therapy here.