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  1. Trauma-Informed Play Systems for Ukraine
  2. A Unique Issue • The invasion of Ukraine is unlike any other conflict seen in modern times. As a highly industrialized European nation, the attempted annexation has not been seen since WWII. • However, unlike WWII, women and children could temporarily move out conflict zones while men stayed to fight. • The result is millions children trying to adapt to a new environment, language, and culture on a temporary basis, making forming new bonds and relationship extremely difficult. • They will also need support as hey return to their devastated homeland
  3. Trauma’s Impact Responses to trauma can include • persistent fatigue, • sleep disorders, • nightmares, • fear of recurrence, • anxiety focused on flashbacks, • depression, • and avoidance of emotions, sensations, or activities that are associated with the trauma, even remotely.
  4. Scaling the Program to Meet the Need • Play Group Therapy works to lower trauma. • But there are not enough therapists. • Triage by play facilitators can identify those most in need so that they can receive personal therapy. Ukrainian Refugees in Spain
  5. Play Facilitators • Quickly selecting and training play facilitators is the biggest challenge. • Fortunately, NO teaching is required. Rather they need learn to support children’s play narrative with materials as needed. • Their other main task is to identify children who need personal therapy.
  6. Collaborations with… • International Play Association for support for programs for refugee children. • Voices for Children as they arrange centers for conducting group sessions with children evacuated from the active warzone. (pending) • Rotary Clubs in USA for funding and in Ukraine and neighboring countries for logistics.
  7. Why Trauma Informed Play? • Highest use of language of any venue • Supports intense engagement • No need for instruction
  8. Play Systems Pop Up Play for Refugees spearheads funding, coordinates with producers, and provides program content. Regional shelters or schools select the systems that best fit their children and program. Voices for Children or regional Rotary Clubs order the systems and arrange for their delivery.
  9. • Since 2007 Marcus Veerman, CEO and Founder of Playground Ideas, has been supporting communities around the world to build open-source playgrounds using local tools, materials, and skills. • He founded Playground Ideas after spearheading the construction of 40 bespoke playgrounds along the Thai/Burma border. • Playground Ideas has built 5,223 playgrounds in 143 countries and impacted 2,611,330 children. • Nudel KART is an outgrowth of the need he saw in his work.
  10.  Cas Holman has spent the last 18 Years designing for play, education, and imagination.  The system consists of manipulable parts and pieces which inspire constructive play, imaginative forms, and cooperative interactions between children.  The Rigamajig and Basic machines is a large-scale building kit conceived for hands-on play and learning.  Rigamajig products are found in hundreds of schools, playgrounds, children’s and science museums, community organizations, libraries, and maker spaces worldwide.
  11. • Kitcamp is a perfect compliment to the other systems. • It is a disruptive, and innovative large-scale loose parts play solution to young children's modern global challenges. • The basic idea of children having their own space to be, feel secure, and be lost in thought. • The child created “dens” offer privacy and a sense of control to meet the essential human need for safe spaces to withdraw as they process their feelings. A SHELTER FROM THE WORLD OUTSIDE
  12. • Expert selected elements with well known play and therapeutic value that are least likely to trigger kids. • They are currently from the USA and will be sourced in Ukraine as soon. Trauma Informed Loose Parts