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Play Intervention Continuum

This chart shows how different forms of play intervention are useful for children with different degrees of emotional and mental health problems.

The more severe the health need requires the child to be working with a highly qualified practitioner.

Click on any of the coloured boxes for a further explanation.

Many schools in Cornwall may offer your child support for lower level emotional difficulties within school.  Some schools may refer to this as 'play therapy' and this can be confusing for parents, carers and professionals alike.  It is important that everyone understands the different qualifications and roles, so they can have clarity around which level of support is right for a child's individual needs.

There is also the role of Health Play Specialists within hospitals which we haven't included in the continuum because their role is to support children going through medical procedures and is very specific.  

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