Reframing the PTSD in Children Challenge: Therapeutic Toy?
I am still exploring the idea of creating therapeutic objects for distribution to children after a natural disaster. The idea is to replace the therapist in these charitable situations where it would be cost-prohibitive. I spoke with Monica, an art therapist, about the idea and she reiterated the need for a child to first feel a sense of safety. The first role of the therapist is to create that safe space for the child. Second, provide emotional support when needed.
Can a toy become a transitional object that speaks two languages: one that only the child understands to provide him comfort and another that only adults understand to invite the caretaker to take action when appropriate?