Six games to help children recover from serious life events
by Hennie Shore
Healing Games is a collection of six board games designed to help children who have experienced serious life events that have left them feeling sad, angry, helpless and even depressed.
These experiences include:
death of a loved one, whether sudden or as a result of long-term illness or other cause
traumatic events, such as a terrorist attack, school shooting, kidnapping, and mugging, or other kind of assault
surviving a disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, fire or flood
The games teach: acceptance, how to express feelings; how to recognize and deal with physical symptoms; how to get help from loved ones; how to retain a positive attitude; and how to move on. The set includes six game boards, an instruction manual, and all the materials necessary to play the games. For 2-4 players, ages 6-12.
The Acceptance Game deals with the fact that children often find it hard to accept what happened to them
Feel, Reveal…and Heal helps children express their feelings more readily
My Mind and Body focuses on the close relationship between the emotional and physical reactions caused by trauma and stress
A Little Help from My Friends prompts children to remember that the people who love and care about them can help
Optimism Oasis teaches children that there can be good in any situation
Moving Forward prompts children to think about their future apart from the awful thing that happened to them