The work can
take place in a variety of settings. I have practiced as a Non Directive
Play Practitioner in a number of Junior and infant schools as well
as using the strategies with people in their third age. The sessions
normally last an hour working one to one and are referred to as
Below is a typical description of work undertaken, by me, with a
particular child. For evident reasons the identity of the individual
has not been disclosed.
Work with a Sand Tray. September
A girl of 7 years of age whose mother has died of cancer. Has a
much older sister of 26 and lives with father.
Work with Non-Directive Play had been going on for four terms.
The First Term.
The girl used miniatures and animals, a cow and a calf position
at one end of the tray. She used an ambulance which she drove in
the air, it landed in the sand tray and drove to the cow and calf.
She put the Cow in saying 'now the calf is left all alone.' The
ambulance drove off. And now left all alone she concluded.
This story was repeated every week in the first few minutes of the
Then came a change. Fences were erected round the calf after the
ambulance left and pigs and chicks are added to the tray.
One session contained a photographer.
One session showed the fences down and the calf muddled up with
the other animals. (At this time her father remarried someone with
children from another marriage.)
The next session showed a foal in a nest; 'new baby doing well now
... had a tea party'.
The final session was a special, special times as the girl invited
another boy into her session. The boy said to her ; 'My daddy died
and your mummy died and that's why we have been having special time.
To which she replied ; 'special - if my mummy's died and your daddy's
died , then we can get married. You can have the lion because you
are the king of the jungle'. He replied 'then you are the queen
of the jungle' ... gives rabbit to her.
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