The following guidelines may
help you to decide what to do if you know a child or children with
emotional, behaviour or mental health problems.
If you are responsible for a
If you work with children
If you manage a school, home, care centre etc
Parent or carer
the child have an emotional or behaviour problem?
No - allow the child plenty of time to play
Yes - how severe are the problem(s)?
|Slight or Mild
Is the child under 3?
Between 3 and 14?
Consider filial therapy
Consider therapeutic play or play therapy
|Moderate or a number of mild problems
Over 3 years?
Over 14 years?
Consider play therapy
Consider counselling - talking therapy
||Over 3 years and under 14
||See your doctor for a referral to a child psychotherapist etc
How to identify the severity of a problem (guidelines)
See also Guidelines for Referral
based on observation of play
(PTUK web site)
If you manage
a school, home or centre for children
Ask PTIrl about ways of
introducing or extending an emotional support service to supplement
academic and behaviour support services. See the
latest research results in our news page
Also professional support services
Alternatively ask your local
Play Therapist, or PTIrl about our informative workshops for setting up
managed play therapy services and corporate membership. Email: email@example.com