Theraplay informed practice

What is Theraplay®

Theraplay® is a structured and focused technique designed to enhance the attachment between children and their care-giver. Activities in Theraplay® are designed to be fun, playful and interactive and personal.  The principles of Theraplay® are based on Attachment Theory and model the healthy, secure and positive relationship between parents/carers and their children Theraplay® is multi-sensory: involving touch, movement, rhythm, eye contact and emotion which are all key aspects to successful brain regulation and relational development.

Theraplay® interactions focus on four dimensions found in parent/carer-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay® sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

The Theraplay® therapist guides the parent/carer and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

For more information about Theraplay®, please visit the Theraplay Institute Website by clicking here.