OUR APPROACH

Welcome to the Child Therapy Service, a proud not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being and mental health of children, families, and the professionals who support them.

Our mission is to enhance well-being by providing everyone surrounding the child with effective tools that can ensure the early identification and provision of social and emotional health problems in children.

We design a range of therapeutic interventions, training, courses, and resources to enable children to reach their full potential, improve educational engagement, and enhance their social skills.

Our aims:

  • We are committed to promoting social and emotional health
  • We are dedicated to improving the emotional well-being of children, families, and professionals that support them
  • We provide assessments that ensure social and emotional health problems in children are identified early and appropriate provision provided
  • We offer social and emotional provision and interventions that matches the needs of its children

Our Whole Child Approach©

We provide access to a variety of therapeutic interventions, training programmes, and courses to empower children – enabling them to reach their full potential, improve educational engagement, enhance social connections, and boost self-esteem.

Our Approach is a comprehensive developmental framework that  supports a child’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of development, with tailored interventions to meet the individual needs of each child, recognising the interconnectedness of those developmental areas

RESOURCES

We specialise in creating evidence-based digital resources that are rooted in the principles of the Polyvagal Theory, a framework for understanding the nervous system’s role in emotional regulation and social engagement. Our resources are carefully designed to be neurodivergent affirming and trauma-informed, ensuring that they cater to the diverse needs of all children.

In alignment with the Polyvagal Theory, our bespoke, creative designs serve as powerful tools to enhance a child’s social and emotional well-being. We recognise the importance of non-verbal communication in the realm of emotional expression and offer an alternative means for children to convey their feelings without relying solely on words.

Our commitment to this is evident in the following ways:

  • Inclusive: Our designs are inclusive, recognising and respecting the diverse needs and experiences of all children.
  • Sensitivity to Triggers: We carefully consider potential triggers and create resources that prioritise a safe and supportive environment, reducing anxiety for children who may have experienced trauma.
  • Empowerment through Visualisation: Drawing from the Polyvagal Theory, our visual cues simplify complex feelings into understandable images, aiding in identification and sharing.
  • Universal Accessibility: Acknowledging the diversity of backgrounds and varying language skills, our visual aids transcend language barriers, ensuring universal understanding and accessibility.
  • Progress Tracking:  All our resources link to an assessment system, allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to monitor and support a child’s progress in emotional development.

TRAINING

We specialise in delivering emotionally intelligent training, rooted in Polyvagal Theory and trauma-informed practices, while embracing a neurodivergent-affirming approach.

Our live and on-demand sessions cater to both families and professionals, prioritising the crucial aspects of social, emotional, and mental health within the educational context.

Our training is well received by education, health, and social-care professionals.

They benefit attendees in a number of ways, including:

  • Early Intervention:  Our training equips caregivers, educators, and professionals with the skills to recognise signs of emotional distress early on, enabling timely intervention and support.
  • Positive Learning Environments: Emotionally aware educators foster safe and nurturing classrooms, enhancing children’s learning experiences and overall wellbeing.
  • Behavioural Insights: Understanding emotions aids in comprehending behavioural patterns, allowing adults to address underlying emotional causes rather than just surface-level behaviours.

SUPPORT

We understand the importance of a holistic approach to emotional well-being, encompassing not just children but also their families, the professionals who support them, and the schools they attend.

That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of support services tailored to each group’s specific needs.

Families:

  • Monthly Coffee Mornings: A safe and supportive space for families of children with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) to connect, share experiences, and find solace in shared understanding.

  • Coaching: Alternative to traditional CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and talk-based therapies, coaching offers a flexible and personalised approach to helping children develop emotional regulation skills and build resilience.

  • Well-being Workshops: Workshops specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by families raising children with emotional dysregulation.

  • Family Coaching: These sessions support the whole family, looking at the reasons behind behaviours – so that we can create a bespoke programme of support.

Professionals:

For Schools:

  • Collaborative Support: We work closely with schools to develop and implement individualised intervention plans for children with emotional challenges, ensuring that their needs are met within the school setting.

Our goal is to create support system that empowers children, families, and professionals to navigate the challenges of emotional well-being for those that have a sensitised nervous system.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership to the Child Therapy Service offers unparalleled value by providing comprehensive resources, training programmes, and support under the Whole Child Approach.

It empowers parents, caregivers, teachers, and professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to identify and address social and emotional health issues in children early on.

By fostering collaboration, accessibility, and skill development, the membership ensures a holistic and effective approach to promoting the emotional well-being of children, families, and professionals alike.

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OUR APPROACH WORKS

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Hazel Anderson
Hazel Anderson
2024-05-07
I attended the online Lego Feelings Therapy course with Tracy. It was very informative of the benefits of this type of therapy and how to use it with young people as an alternative to talking therapy. As a Pastoral Support worker, supporting young people with their mental health and emotional regulation, this was an invaluable piece of training to add a different cog to the therapy experience and act as a hook for those interested in Lego, or that find talking about their emotions directly quite difficult. Tracy was warm, friendly and personable. Thank you.
Rachael McFarlane
Rachael McFarlane
2024-04-15
I found the session with Tracy very insightful and appreciated the trauma-informed knowledge for the delivery of Lego-based interventions. Great resources too I look forward to using them, thank you!
Mrs C Broom
Mrs C Broom
2024-04-15
Great visual training which sung to me as a visual learner. Loved the window of tolerance Lego version. Thank you
kelly bendon
kelly bendon
2024-04-15
Amazing training attachment informed and so functional
Karen Pearce
Karen Pearce
2024-04-15
I just attended the Lego Therapy Intervention course and I have learned so much. Thank you for all of the resources that will be extremely valuable for myself and the children I work with. Highly recommended!
Kirsty Webster
Kirsty Webster
2024-04-10
Super training with such a knowledgeable practitioner. Engaging, interesting and full of strategies and techniques I was able to take away and start implementing straight away! I’d highly recommend this to everyone looking to add creative skills to their tool kit - just wonderful!
J Hopkins
J Hopkins
2024-04-08
Thank you so much Tracey for the great Art Therapy training that you did tonight. I'm really looking forward to using the tools with the young people that i support
Gemma Mills
Gemma Mills
2024-04-08
Training is amazing and the resources are wonderful too...

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