Children often cannot yet express their emotions in words. However, they show through their conspicuous behaviour that something is afflicting, frightening, saddening or annoying them. Dolls can indeed be very helpful here. They help the child establish contacts, perceive and act out their emotions and enable them to project their inner experiences onto the doll. In this way, children can communicate with us in play and draw attention to their plight. Dolls act like a mouthpiece for the children and can have healing effects.
A class doll can serve as a model, be a common friend for all the children present, act as an emotional lightning rod in case of criticism, quarrel or fear and can also promote the exchange and cooperation between school and parents in a way that is particularly suitable for children.
In the therapeutic puppet play, where the child takes the lead, the inner experiences of the child are projected onto the stage through joint play with the therapist and with the help of the puppets; in a protected setting, the experiences are thus perceived and felt together. New behavioural patterns or solution approaches which are beneficial for the child and support their further development can gradually be tried out in the joint play.