How can playing with dinosaurs in the sand help with healing? Five year old Kyle has been through a lot of tough times lately. His mom decided to leave her marriage after suffering physical and emotional abuse. Starting over wasn’t easy for her or Kyle, so she chose to work with the Early Intervention Program counselor to help make things better.
Kyle and his mom were given many supports, including play therapy, individual counseling and family therapy sessions. Kyle has learned to express and process his feelings by using art, drama, puppets and sand play. Almost a year later, Kyle and his mom are doing well.
It is important to have support for families early on. The program helps families deal with the effects of living with abuse and educates them about positive parenting strategies, safety planning and abuse prevention. The EIP counselor works with families in the shelter and out in the community.