We work within Dyadic Development Practice across the whole of Seamab, this overarching philosophy underpins everything we do.

DDP is a therapy, parenting approach and model for practice that uses what we know about attachment and developmental trauma to help children and families with their relationships.

This is a model used to support children to recover from trauma and disrupted attachments through the parenting, education and care they receive as well as through therapy.

DDP stands for Dyadic Development Psychotherapy. DDP was originally developed by Dan Hughes as a therapeutic intervention for families who were fostering or had adopted children with significant developmental trauma and insecurity of attachment.

Children at Seamab may have had many changes in the people who look after them and find it hard to trust adults.

While DDP was originally developed as a therapy it has a much broader application as Dyadic Developmental Practice. This provides a set of principles that can support networks, inform and enrich parenting and can support the child outside of the home, for example in residential settings and at school. It helps the professionals understand, work together with and be effective in their support of children and their families. Crucially, this therapeutic approach helps children and young people learn to trust.

We have recognised that the children and young people we care for have experienced some form of trauma which affects their emotional and social development. As such, we believe that a therapeutic model which applies the principles of DDP, best meets the needs of our children and young people.

Central to DDP is PACE, a way of thinking which deepens the emotional connections in our relationship with others.

  • Playfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy

PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe

At Seamab we use specialised therapy interventions to support our therapeutic framework. This includes Play Therapy, Theraplay, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The benefits of therapy include:

  • Improvement to emotional and mental health
  • Children develop positive coping strategies and resilience
  • Children have increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Children understanding their personal history and past experience
  • Challenging behaviour of children decreases

Therapy takes place in many areas at Seamab including our bespoke shepherd's hut that is used for Play Therapy.