As our experience and knowledge of how best to support families formed through adoption grows, our commitment to provide a range of responsive and effective services runs parallel to this.

For some families the support provided by their worker will be sufficient but for others more intensive therapeutic support may be needed. At Scottish Adoption, we are in the fortunate position of being able to offer a range of therapeutic disciplines – Art, Music, Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy (including sensory integration) and Peer Support.

How do I find out about the different therapies?

If you are still in contact with your worker, they can provide information and may suggest that support from one or other of the therapies on offer might be helpful for you and your child. Some parents may no longer be in touch with their original worker and if that is the case then we can arrange for you to speak with another worker to find out more about therapeutic support and whether it may be helpful. You can either phone or email Scottish Adoption and we will arrange for a worker to talk with you.

Depending on levels of interest, we run ‘taster sessions’ for parents to hear more about the therapies on offer. These take place in the evening at the Scottish Adoption office. If you are interested in attending a future taster session, please email alisonh@scottishadoption.org

Where does the therapy take place?

It might take place in your home or at the Scottish Adoption office. Our Art therapists have their own space which they may use if they think it will be more helpful for the therapy to be outside the home. It is easier for our Music Therapist to be based at Scottish Adoption to allow access to the full range of her musical instruments/equipment. Similarly, Occupational therapy tends to take place in our office space. Peer support is often provided online or by telephone.

Play Therapy

Play is vitally important for children’s healthy development. It provides opportunities for excitement, creativity, learning, fun and joy. Play between parent and child is one of the tools which helps build connection and strong, safe and secure attachment.

Art Therapy

Art Psychotherapy (often referred to as ‘Art Therapy’) treatment is an early, preventative or crisis intervention, which has proven effectiveness in enabling children and young people to deal with challenging situations and psychological distress.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a psychological therapy that allows a person to access a psychotherapeutic intervention without depending on verbal processing. It is therefore helpful to children who are experiencing emotional difficulties or recovering from early trauma or neglect.

Occupational Therapy

From our work supporting children and young people we recognise that early pre-birth and childhood experiences of trauma, neglect and abuse have an effect on the way children and young people cope with stress.

Adoptive Parent Support

Becoming a parent is life changing for everyone. Becoming an adoptive parent brings its own unique rewards, issues and challenges. Adoptive Parent Support was founded in 2014 to help support adopters at all stages of their adoption journey.

The links above will give you some more information on each of the therapies available. If you are still in contact with your worker, they can provide information and may suggest that support from one or other of the therapies on offer might be helpful for you and your child.