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The Power of Play for Addressing Trauma in the Early Years (Childhood Education International)


This brief provides guidance to parents, family members, and caregivers about using the power of play to build resilience and support healing.

Some of the ideas outlined in the brief include: 

  • Create opportunities for young children to communicate their fears and express their big feelings in constructive ways.
  • Support children in releasing the extra energy charge that accumulates in their bodies after a stressful or traumatic experience.
  • Teach infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children social-emotional skills through play.


Collaboration Curriculum/Instructional Methods Early Childhood Family Engagement Instructional Strategies Parent/Family Professional Resources Recreation