Play with Painting & Clay: A Re-Booth of Psychoanalysis Healing on a Child Affected By COVID-19

  • Wanyama Ogutu Kenyatta University
Keywords: COVID-19, play, a child, psychoanalysis, healing, paintings, clay, trauma
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The world is awakening to the nursing of devastating COVID-19 pandemic effects that resulted in the closure of school among others. Children’s welfare, especially playing was obstructed due to COVID-19 pandemic protective and preventive measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health agencies. Child’s development experts asserted that if a child is inhibited to playing, there are bound to be psychosocial consequences for early childhood development. Educationists together with therapists have applauded the role play with any art forms goings beyond recreation to an expression of their desires, traumas, and elaboration of their conflicts and emotional healing. This paper has established the psychoanalysis and therapeutic process of a child affected by the COVID-19 pandemic while playing with paintings and clay. The researcher explored desktop descriptive qualitative research design. The psychoanalysis instrumentation was employed to evaluate the literature reviews, theoretical framework on its discussion. The paper has accepted the ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes to education stakeholders to consider playing with paintings and clay to playing groups or pre-schoolers as mitigation measures for a child affected by COVID-19. It has recommended an actual implementation of the study in the post-COVID-19 period once schools open to ascertain its validity.


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9 March, 2021
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Ogutu, W. (2021). Play with Painting & Clay: A Re-Booth of Psychoanalysis Healing on a Child Affected By COVID-19. East African Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 3(1), 35 - 42.