Safe and Sound Protocol (NEW!)

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The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidenced-based intensive therapy program developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. It is the culmination of 40 years of research on the nervous system and behavioural symptoms – based on Porge’s ‘Polyvagal Theory’. The SSP is an auditory intervention designed to reduce stress, anxiety and auditory sensitivity whilst enhancing social engagement and resilience.

Research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
  • InattentionStressors that impact social engagement

The SSP focuses on improving the ability to process human speech, and to “calm” the automatic nervous system so the individual can become more regulated, focused and engaged. A calm nervous system supports healthy growth, behaviour  and development.

SSP research demonstrates significant improvement in the following areas: hearing sensitivity, spontaneous speech, listening and following instructions, behavioural organisation, emotional control, regulation of heart rate by the vagus nerve, spontaneous social behaviours such as sharing, playing and showing affection.

Clinical experience also demonstrates improvement in: learning, response to other therapies, sleep patterns, as well as anxiety and response to emotional stressors. Pain sensitivity may also be reduced.

The program can be delivered in person (with one face-to-face training session and then take home 5 day program) or online (training delivered via the free zoom platform or over the phone) and equipment posted to you to complete the training at home.

Child Centred Play Therapy (3-12 years) – Directive and

Non-Directive

Play Therapy is the most developmentally appropriate approach for assisting children aged 3-12 years. In play therapy toys act as the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2006). Play Therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them and allows children to make their internal world external.

By creating a safe, free, and protected space, the child is provided the opportunity to work through deeper emotional fears, anxieties, and experiences that may be driving other behavioural symptoms. Children are given permission to express themselves in whatever way they are comfortable, using the therapeutic selection of toys and creative materials in the special playroom. Child Centred Play Therapy with a Play Therapist is a special time in a special space where the unconditional positive relationship between the therapist and the child is of paramount importance.

At times the child may require a slightly more directive play approach when working on a set of skills or processing a specific traumatic event. In these sessions, the therapist may use therapeutic storytelling, therapy games, narrative themes, directed sand tray and art therapy activities, and assign certain characters for role plays, dolls or puppets.

Play therapy is suitable for children who have experienced social, emotional, or behavioural concerns such as: meltdowns, early trauma experiences and high stress environments, anxiety, separation anxiety, depression, grief, hyperactivity, concerns related to adoption or foster care, chronic illness or disability, inattention, trauma including abuse, oppositional behaviours, aggression, attachment issues, school refusal, attention deficit problems, violence, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive behaviours or parents who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and wanting to feel more confident in their parenting skills.

Parents play an integral role in the process in CCPT. After the initial assessment to determine suitability, the Play Therapist will be in regular contact with the parents/carers via scheduled meetings and phone catch ups so that we can work as a team tracking progress at home and in sessions.

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Trauma-Focused Integrative Play Therapy (5-17 years)

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An intensive 12 session model combining Child Centred Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Affective Scaling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Sandplay, Psychoeducation and parental involvement, following a specific traumatic event. Using a structured format and time-limited ‘lessons’ this intensive model helps the child process the trauma, sensations, emotions, and narrative associated with their experience.

This intensive treatment model focuses on:
– Recreating a sense of safety, trust, and comfort
– Safe processing of traumatic material
– Social reconnections
– Returning to pre-trauma developmental functioning

Attachment Therapy (3-12 years) – Based on Theraplay® Principles

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Attachment Therapy (based on Theraplay®) is an evidenced-based intervention using play to re-create experiences of secure attachment between parent and child. This is a short-term, highly structured therapy where the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities, and nurturing interactions. The therapy focuses on improving the child’s behavioural and emotional challenges through strengthening the parent-child attachment relationship and the child’s sense of self. Other therapies usually work with the child alone or work with supporting the parents to manage their child’s behaviours, however, Theraplay® has shown that the parent-child relationship is the most powerful element required for change.

Attachment-focused therapy has been used successfully to help: Children with developmental trauma, shy, withdrawn children, overactive, controlling or aggressive children, foster/adoptive children with attachment difficulties, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Pervasive Development Disorder.

Autplay® Therapy for Autism (3-12 years)

Autplay® is a combined play therapy and behavioral therapy based approach for working with children and parents affected by autism, dysregulation issues, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. AutPlay® is designed to identify and increase skills and functioning levels in children and adolescents with developmental delays.

Typical treatment involves using structured play therapy interventions designed to build a relationship, increase engagement, and strengthen skills. Parents participate in therapy sessions with their children and become co-change agents with the therapist in helping their children develop needed skills. Autplay® focuses on emotional regulation ability, social skills development, connection, sensory processing struggles, anxiety, and behavioral challenges.

AutPlay® Therapy incorporates a parent training component which teaches parents how to conduct structured play therapy interventions at home to further support their child’s growth.

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Other Interventions

Other Artistic Revolution’s therapies suitable for children may include creative arts counselling, group therapy, children’s mindfulness, self-regulation skills and children’s yoga training.

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