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The Play and Drama


The following are required in order to gain the Diploma In Neuro-Dramatic-Play. It is important to to remember that NDP is not a therapy training but an approach that can be integrated into education and therapy. It is also favoured by parents who are dealing with behavioural and emotional difficulties as well as attachment issues.


Participants are expected to have supervision on their practice with their current supervisor or other staff when needed.


Below is the broad spectrum of the assessment requirements in practice and reports. There can be flexibility depending on the person's work setting and available people for practical application. There may be some techniques that are not yet familiar but will become clearer after the teaching.


Maximum one written page per session, Please submit on line.


Practice can be carried out in pairs and written up jointly if wished but please acknowledge the complementary roles.


Please note that all assessments need to be completed before the NDP Trainers' Course can be undertaken.


1.  i. 3-4 sessions of NDP play that include: sensory play (including messy play), rhythmic play, and dramatic play with a small group of children under the age of 10; the younger the better. The group can consist of children of friends / neighbours or a local kindergarden. Write up each session and reflect on the process. Involve participants in the assessment. Photograph the sessions if allowed (ensure that you seek all necessary permissions!) or photograph the work and submit with report.

    ii. Make a Sensory Bag to use in the play; Indian mirror bags are ideal as they are sensory inside and out. Put a variety of small toys, etc. in the bag to stimulate the senses in as many ways as possible. Photograph the bag and contents and submit for assessment.


2. i. 7 sessions of NDP / EPR with teenagers or an individual teenager, age 12-16. Integrating a playful approach, embodiment (movement, mime, physical theatre), projection (drawing, colouring, worksheets, clay, plasticine), and role (enactment, sculpting).  Write up each session, with photos if possible, and evaluate, including evaluation from participants.

   ii. Design an Attachment Bag or Box: objects / toys that can promote attachment and a story that has an attachment theme.  Photograph and submit with report.


3. i. 10 sessions of ToR, EPR, NDP with older people, with dementia where possible. Sessions to include any of the techniques learned in the three modules that are appropriate. It is important to include the performance aspect through a poem or story. Write up the sessions with evaluation including the participants. Submit report with photos.  

   ii. Create a Story Basket and use in the sessions.

Assessment for Neuro-Dramatic-Play Training

Stories for Neuro-Dramatic-Play Training


Ideas for Messy Play

The photographs below present useful ideas for messy play. Please click on each photo to download a larger version.

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