How do we support children with SEMH needs?


Drawing and Talking

Drawing and Talking is a safe and easy to learn serial drawing technique for use with children or young people who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties. It supports those who are not realising their full potential, either academically or socially.

The purpose of the method is to encourage children to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable at the same time each week. The trusted person will ask a number of non-intrusive questions about the drawing and over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts and trauma is healed.

Working with the children needs to be carried out safely and non-intrusively, with respect for their own pace and state of being. This is why anyone using Drawing and Talking learns to stay in the world of the child’s drawing. The child sets the pace and decides what to bring to the session. Once they feel safe, their imagination begins to unfold.

After completion of Drawing and Talking Therapy, children are more able to control their behaviour, better able to access an academic curriculum and most importantly have higher self-esteem; this allows them to thrive in the world around them. We want all children and young people to have the opportunity to achieve and develop the skills and character to make a successful transition into adult life.

Which children benefit?

  • Have suffered trauma 
  • Have been or are in the process of being adopted or fostered
  • Suffer because of separated or divorced parents
  • Are young carers 
  • Are suffering from the effects of domestic violence
  • Suffer from anxiety, stress or phobias
  • Have suffered loss or bereavement of any kind
  • Are withdrawn or continually unhappy