Play and arts therapy experts Clear Sky are helping children boost their mental health

At least three children in every UK classroom will have a diagnosable mental health difficulty. Many more will be struggling with psychological difficulties which impact on their learning such as anxiety and low self-esteem. 

Play & Creative Arts Therapy creates a safe environment for children who are finding it difficult to explore and express themselves, through the language of play.

By also offering support to parents, and providing professionals with specialist skills we can help parents and carers to better understand the emotional needs of the children in their care and attend to them appropriately. Ultimately this leads to improved emotional wellbeing and increased resilience putting them in good stead for a happy and healthy future.A classroom

Clear Sky Children’s Charity are experts in Play and Creative Arts therapy. We work in schools providing 1:1 and group therapeutic interventions to children who have experienced trauma, or who may be experiencing emotional or behavioural problems. All of our sessions are child-led and are delivered by experienced and fully qualified Play and Creative Arts professionals. 

We support schools through our Attachment-Play based learning programmes and offer a range of CPD in-school training which is supported in turn by our online ‘Emotionally Healthy Schools’ framework; giving settings the opportunity to embed the principles of good emotional health to support their entire community through the use of resources, games and videos. 

Children sitting on a window ledgeWe work with groups of parents and in groups of parent-child together to help strengthen the important relationship between child and carer through the medium of Play. At the beginning of lockdown as this face to face support was not possible, we created a 94-page practical Parents Play Kit, full of ideas for parents to use at home with their child to build and strengthen communication, understanding and empathy, and create time and space for parents to connect with their child.

Our Play Kit was downloaded thousands of times and made available in print for therapeutic practitioners and professionals working with children.

We work with the National Education Union as part of their CPD programme, delivering our Space to Shine programme for NQT’s and experienced teachers alike where we enable professionals to practice play! 

Finally, we provide support for those professionals who are working within the therapeutic sector to enable them to access the very latest research, resources and learning through our online membership body ‘The Institute for Play and Attachment’.

Our aim is to support all children to survive and thrive through ‘The Power of Play’!

To find out about how Clear Sky’s services and to download a copy of our Parents Play Kit, or to enquire about our school training and resources, please visit our website: www.clear-sky.org.uk or email us at: info@clear-sky.org.uk