Claire Whyte Play Specialist

Working with Parents

Good times are ahead! Whilst being a parent is the most amazing job, it is not always easy, and at times, it’s hard. I provide private training for parents and carers of children, and specialise in working with special needs and problem behaviour. I can help you to develop skills around your child’s needs: language, learning, sensory experiences and behaviours.  I can also offer advice regarding: how to explain difficult situations in child-friendly ways, such as dealing with anxiety, grief, surgery, illness and separation. Sessions can delivered both 1-1, or for parent groups. Early intervention is key, so whatever struggles you are having, please feel free to get in touch.

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.”  -Charles Schaefer

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Working with Children

As a Play Specialist, I use a variety of techniques and approaches, depending of the child’s difficulty, problem or challenge. Starting at first with play, developing a positive relationship, and meeting with parents. From there, initial goals are made, and worked through in an agreed amount of time. Processing and feedback to parents is an integral part of my work, and some family and parent training may be included if necessary.

My 1-1 sessions and group work with children can be arranged from 1 session, weekly or by term. The child or group’s experiences are explored using a fun, creative and therapeutic approach.

“Play is freely chosen, personally directed, intrinsically motivated behaviour that actively engages the child.” NPFA, PLAYLINK and CPC, 2000.

Working with Teens

Creative, therapeutic workshops for teens include drama, movement, art and music therapy, and can address a wide range of issues, including creative mindfullness, positive thinking and body positive. This work can be 1-1 or in a group.

“It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of real use.” Henning Mankell.


All sessions are bound by the rules of confidentiality, which are strictly adhered to and respected for all clients.


Play is at the forefront of all effective practise when working with children. Whatever your profession – be it teaching, training, medical, multidisciplinary team, or community work, the way in which you use play is a measure of your success.

Whatever your role with children and teenagers, I can help you find new ways to use play in all aspects of your work, and advise you of best practise, offering guidelines, ideas and techniques that both promote and improve your service.

Arranging a staff workshop or 1-1 training for professionals will both increase your knowledge of, and further involve play in your work with all ages and abilities.

How I Work


Training is tailored to suit your needs, and can include the following:

Play skills, Planning for Play and developing Play-led curriculums, including Aistear. Creative and therapeutic play (art, music, dance and drama), teaching special needs (including promoting inclusion, communication, language and skills development), Play for children in Hospital, counselling and other medical settings, indoor and outdoor play. Improving your arts and crafts to make the experience more meaningful and therapeutic.

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” Penelope Leach, Psychologist and Author.

Training and workshops are arranged to suit you, and can be from 1 hour, to 1 week, or on an ongoing basis.

Training can be arranged anywhere nationwide, and may be facilitated by one of Hometrian’s Group Leaders.

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Consultancy and advice regarding indoor and outdoor play facilities

Whether you are planning a new facility or updating an existing environment for children, advice during planning stages is critical.

I have been involved in the design and implementation of many play environments, and offer practical advice and ideas for you indoor and outdoor space. Including: general educational settings, special needs and medical environments for children and teens.

Getting good advice from the start can help you achieve a well thought out design and may save you money.