Space for Play

Trauma and play are opposites.

 

Space for play can be made through

  • visualizing
  • play
  • creativity
  • movements
  • stories

 

Play is a language. A language that is easier to acces when traumatized, and that children are more fluent in.

 

In the play we can explore what happened as well as re-create and re-write what happened. We include safety and joy in what was, and create new.

 

We don´t look at each other – we have a common focus. Our right brains are communicating with each other. When we look at what we create in the play, I feel seen and validated.

 

The adult is leading by giving safety and stability, but the child is leading the play and the adult is following – by repeating, imitating, and mirroring, quiet and observant. You are a witness. The adult does not interpret or analyze. We are playing and exploring. If the play is stuck the adult might ask a few questions.

 

If the play gets too emotional, we leave it for a while and get grounded.

 

Let the child try different ”languages”.

 

Trust the process.

Ulrika Ernvik

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