What I offer.
Every child is assessed individually, according to the reason for the referral and specific difficulties of the child.
School Readiness Assessments
- including academic, emotional and developmental levels
- assessing special needs.
Child Intellectual Assessments
- including learning and scholastic difficulties and failing grades
- difficulties with attention and concentration (ADHD)
- developmental problems.
- social and contextual difficulties
- behavioural difficulties including bullying
- problems with peer groups
- poor motivation, low self-esteem, truancy at school
All child cognitive, intellectual and emotional assessments consist of five - six sessions (depending on the problem) including:
- Intake interview with parents (preferably with the child present)
- Three to four sessions with the child including necessary tests
- Feedback session with the parents
- Behavioural observation at the school, collateral from the school and report-writing are included in the assessment rates (click for ‘fees’)
What is play therapy?
As adults we’ve developed ways in which we can communicate our emotions and desires, whether it’s through language or actions. Children haven’t yet developed these means of communication - they use play to interact with their environment, to express themselves and to make sense of feelings which may feel foreign or threatening. Play therapy allows the child to express their emotions through play.
How will my child benefit from play therapy?
When children feel confused about what they are experiencing or feeling, they may not be able to recognize or understand these feelings. This often leads them to ‘act out’ or behave in an unusual or strange manner (for example: aggressive behaviour, withdrawal or hyperactive behaviour) because they may feel threatened, insecure or misunderstood. When their feelings are validated and identified by the therapist the child is able to feel understood, gain meaning and therefore feel more in control of what they are experiencing. Play also assists the child to regulate their emotions which helps them to control their behaviour.
Play therapy is offered for:
- Behavioural problems: ADHD, aggression, defiance, bullying
- Emotional problems: Depression and anxiety (withdrawal, low mood, panic attacks, separation anxiety)
- Familial problems: Parent-child relationship issues, divorce, sibling rivalry
- Poor social interaction oTrauma (being a victim of a traumatic event, witnessing an event)
- Adjustment to life changes (changing schools, moving)
- Poor self-esteem and motivation
- Loss and bereavement
Children involved in assessment and therapy will always be treated as unique individuals who require care specific to their needs. This will require family involvement and/ or involvement from the schools. The child’s needs will be prioritised during the assessment and/or therapy, and discretion and confidentiality with the child is of utmost importance.