How play can be used to reduce disruptive behaviour

Play is complex and ambiguous.  There are many ways of classifying and analysing it.  One approach defines seven types.  It’s generally agreed that play is essential for normal child development.  It may also used in conjunction with the creative arts to heal damaged minds.

An approach has been developed in the UK, over the last fifteen years, to minimise the disruption caused by pupils who have behaviour problems and for others whose learning is undermined by emotional problems.  The Integrative Holistic model of Play Therapy now has a clinical evidence base of over 12,000 cases showing its effectiveness.  It is being used in 45 countries and over 1500 primary schools in the UK.

When therapy is delivered to the standards of Play Therapy UK, between 77% and 84% of the children show a positive change as observed by teachers and parents.

Training for SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching Assistants is available at 13 conveniently located venues in the UK.  Post Graduate awards by Leeds Beckett University.   Admission to the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists,  accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent UK government funded agency.

Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills – 15 days spread over 5 three day weekends to minimise time away from school.

One day Introduction to Play Therapy course – find out more about the model, if it’s suitable for your school and our innovative training methods.

For course details please phone Dee Rose on 01825 761143

If you would to know more about how we could help your school or about the seven different types of play:  Email me personally at

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK