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The Healing Powers of Play

September 15, 2020

If we adults have struggled to deal with the trauma of the last months, it’s no surprise that children have been deeply affected as well. While they may not be able to articulate it, they may show their insecurity in a troubling change of behavior.

“Fortunately,” writes national consultant Marcy Guddemi, “children have a hardwired mechanism to deal with trauma. It is play, and in particular, pretend/dramatic play!”

So what can we do to help children who are not coping? “Make time for unstructured play! Whether at home or in the classroom, indoors or outdoors—nothing is more important.” Continue reading.