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. This benefits children not only in their early years but through out the course of their lives.

Scottish Adoption workers are trained in Theraplay and use Theraplay techniques to support parent/s attune to their child and begin to address their early unmet emotional and developmental needs. We tailor sessions for individual children/parent/s. These can take place within the home or at Scottish Adoption.

In addition, we have an established group work programme using Theraplay techniques for pre-school aged children and their parent/s called Tadpoles. These groups have four sessions and take place at Scottish Adoption. Groups are small e.g. up to five children and parent/s and are run by two workers. All Scottish Adoption adoptive parents who have a child placed for adoption who is pre-school aged are invited to Tadpoles.

If you wish to find out more about Play therapy using Theraplay techniques, please speak with your worker or Leasa Bleteau, Practice Manager.