The Healing Power of Play: Fritzler explained that many children process “distressing experiences” through creative expression and play: This allows them to make sense of what’s happened and to begin their own coping and healing processes. “After a disaster, it’s not uncommon that children will draw pictures of their houses being flooded,” she said, as an example. The staff and volunteers at Child-Friendly Spaces have undergone background checks and are trained in psychological first aid. They engage with children about how they’re reacting and coping, talking with them about their drawings — everything from how it makes them feel to dispelling fears and reassuring them of their safety.
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