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Since 2014 MedEquip4Kids has supported Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the UK by providing toys, books, games and other resources for use in the treatment and care of children with mental health problems. Fidget toys, for example, are very useful for children with ADHD or those coming to a first appointment.  Books on conditions such as anxiety are useful for parents and carers to borrow, as many are unable to afford to buy them.

Our support has benefited children like Peter (not his real name). Peter is seven years old and has a background of complex emotional trauma. Peter finds sand play very therapeutic to touch and creates stories relating to his experiences of chaos and trying to find calm and safety on a regular basis. The sand pit at CAMHS where Peter was attending needed to be replaced as it was too big and difficult to move, and was leaking.  The service asked for our help to provide a new sand pit, which is smaller, fit for purpose and manageable in size.

Peter, along with many other children, is very happy with the smaller sand play pit. It  has a blue painted bottom, which means he can pretend the blue is the sea and the sand the land. The new sand pit offers different opportunities for imaginative expression, as well as being easy to move around to different parts of the room.

Peter’s drama therapist Jo says: “I would like to thank you on behalf of the children for providing new and interesting toys, which helps reflect that they are worthwhile, precious people.”

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“The switch adapted toys have been a wonderful addition to our school. Both staff and children were thrilled to have some new exciting resources. The children love the lights and movement many of these switch toys have and are highly motivated to explore and investigate how to make them work. They have been great for pupils to develop their understanding of cause and effect and we have also noticed improved concentration and engagement when using them. Often it can be difficult to find toys that are robust enough to withstand lots of heavy use AND be interesting and fun. These new resources tick all those boxes. They have made a noticeable impact on the children’s development in this area.”

Sophie Martindale
Acorns Primary School, Lancashire

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