Play Therapy for Deaf Children
What is Deaf-aware play therapy?
This is play therapy offered by a trained Play Therapist who is aware and sensitive to Deaf cultural, social and psychological issues. The Play Therapist may be Deaf or hearing but has experience or training in Deaf awareness and is able to sign with SSE or BSL skills (BSL Level 2 is recommended but please check with the individual therapist). The Play Therapist will continue to improve their sign and Deaf awareness over time but will begin with a good understanding. A Deaf-aware Play Therapist may also have a basic understanding of the physical aspects of Deafness and hearing impairment.
Some people are trained as Therapeutic Play practitioners which means that they are skilled to offer therapeutic play. Therapeutic Play practitioners sometimes go on to train as Play Therapists. Both Therapeutic Play practitioners and Play Therapists are happy to tell you about their qualifications, skills and experience as well as their level of signing and Deaf-awareness, so do ask.