Gradually, the children began to come into the space and engage in play. The atmosphere of the whole room changed as adults watching the play began to smile and look more relaxed. A few adults asked for a pack of cards and soon a group of adults were playing, laughing, and talking together. The play space completely transformed the whole room.
The police and disaster relief workers repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the work of these child life specialists. “We don’t know how we have done this so long without you. This is amazing.”