Traumatic Play
Play has a special place in the world of young and school-age children. It rests in between the real world and the child's imagination. It should not be surprising that themes about a recent traumatic situation should appear in children's play. Their appearance and repetition is one sign that a child's mind remains on what happened. A child may play over and over again at trying to change some moment of what happened or reverse a harmful outcome. It is very serious play and may interfere with a child's more flexible, enjoyable use of play.