Parents' and carers' questions answered

A group of children's toys, including a soft ball, mirror and wooden blocks

Q: How can you help my child?

A: In the therapy room, and using appropriate toys and other equipment,  I will try to understand your child, their thoughts and feelings, things that may be causing confusion in their minds and help them to become clearer in their thoughts and feelings. I will be helping them to get to know themselves a little better. This can help to ease anxieties, fears, and other feelings that can be holding them back in their life. 

Q: How can you do this, my child doesn't speak? 

A: My training has involved closely observing babies and young children. By using these skills with your child, and  through paying attention to what they might be feeling and what I am experiencing from being with them, I may be able to learn things that they would find very difficult to put into words if they did speak. I will think about what your child is communicating to me in non-verbal ways, and speak with them about this and what I am learning about them. In this way feelings and confusions can start to be addressed and thought about. This can be the beginning of a dialogue with your child even though they are not verbalizing to me with words. They may use vocalizations or use their body in various ways to communicate what is going on inside them. 

Q: How long does it take?

A: Each child is different and I can't give a time limit. After I have been working for a short time, I may have a better idea. I will have regular meetings with parents/carers to see how things are going at home and at school. 

Q. How long do you see a child or young person in each session? 

A. I usually see a child for 50 minutes each time.