Let’s Play Group – Somerset

Adopt South West plan to run a Let’s Play Group in Somerset and would like expressions of interest. The group is looking to start in the new year.

If you are interested in attending, please email childsc.adoptsouthwestfamilyfinding-mailbox@devon.gov.uk with your interest, you will be sent a referral form to complete. 

Based on group Theraplay techniques for adopters and their children, Let’s Play Groups start with an information session (for parents) followed by a six-session course and then a final evaluation session (for parents).

The goal of the group will be to support adopters and their adoptive children in positive attachment building through play and touch.

If your child is aged between 12 months and five years old and you would like to gain a greater understanding of Theraplay and have fun, then this group is for you!

There will be a maximum of six adopters and six children attending this course. If you wish to bring more than one of your children, then another adult/both parents will need to be present for all sessions.

Outcomes for Group Theraplay Sessions:

Adopters can learn different Theraplay based techniques with their children, that cover all the domains.  For adopters, it will increase attunement to the child, increase comfort with nurturing, increase ability to play with their child, increase comfort with holding, touching and regulating their child, increase comfort in eye contact, increase ability to engage, and empower the parent to meet their child’s needs.

For children it will increase trust in their parent, increase comfort with closeness and intimacy, increase comfort with eye contact, accept nurturing from the parent, accept structure from the parent, have fun and feel joy with the parent, have ‘baby experiences’ with the parent, be touched in a healthy way by their parent, and feel safe with parents.