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At Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Practitioner work across the school to support pupils’ speech and language development.

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Talking and Drawing Therapy

At Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, a trained Drawing and Talking Therapy Practitioner works across the school to deliver Talking and Drawing Therapy to identified pupils.

Drawing and Talking is based on the work of Carl Jung and John Bowlby and is a safe and gentle therapeutic approach, which provides an effective way for children and young people to process emotional pain or trauma they may be experiencing. Pupils participate in 12 sessions lasting 30 minutes each during which they do not have to draw or talk, but the space should remain available for them for the full 30 minutes. The sessions remain confidential between the person accessing support and the practitioner.

Practitioners do not interpret the pictures and do not ask direct questions. It is an attachment-based therapy session, and sessions should not be broken if possible. Children do not have to speak directly about their past or present difficulties; however, Drawing and Talking will help resolve old conflicts, and trauma is often healed.

Within the sessions, the individual will draw anything they choose and be encouraged to talk about what they have drawn using storytelling language (like metaphors) to help them make sense of their internal world. The technique is intended to allow the child to play by drawing a picture and process any emotions they hold internally in a safe and non-confrontational way.