WayMaker Child Therapy - Mums NI - A Hub For Parents in Northern Ireland
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Our aim is to see the world through the eyes of a child, supporting their emotional health and wellbeing through 1:1 Therapeutic Play sessions, Filial Play Coaching and Fresh Little Minds resilience programme.

Based in Ballymena we provide a package of services to families, schools and other organisations throughout the province to enable children to reach their full potential by developing vital strategies, providing them with a valuable treasure box to build resilience to cope with life’s adversities in our modern world.

1:1 Play Therapy
A Play Therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play Therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
Who is Play Therapy suitable for?

Play Therapy can help children who have experienced:

Low confidence and self esteem
Behavioural difficulties
Social relationships

Filial Play Coaching
I am a Filial Coach or Parent/Child Relationship Coach. Filial Play Coaching aims to help improve the relationship between parent/carer and child, coaching and mentoring parents in child-centred, non-directive play and how they can include this in their parenting activities. It gives them an opportunity to be able to play a part in supporting and developing their child’s social and emotional development and also support them with any behavioural problems that they may have.

Who is WayMaker Parenting Support suitable for?

Individual filial play coaching is suitable for parents/carers who have children from the age of 18 months old. It involves the coach and parent working together to learn key skills which they can use to help enhance the attachment that they have with their child. It is an intervention that lasts for about 14 sessions and it includes assessments that will be carried out by the coach prior to the intervention starting. During the intervention the coach and parent meet together weekly to discuss and learn about child-centred, non-directive play; there are play observations; the parent or carer will have special time together regularly for 10 minutes 5 times a week and also evaluation sessions will be completed.

Themes covered during these meetings are:

Being predictable and consistent
Setting and keeping boundaries
Focussing on and being with your child
Reflecting your child’s emotions and words
Giving choices back to your child
All the above will be implemented with the use of non-directive play.

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