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World Vision to provide play therapy for children affected by deadly Oklahoma tornadoes

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Moore, OK (June 18, 2013) — Counselors and play therapists will work to help child survivors of last month’s deadly tornados in Oklahoma heal during a Day of Play and Healing this Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westmore Community Church in Moore, Oklahoma.

Christian humanitarian organization World Vision will partner with the University of North Texas at Dallas to provide counseling and play therapy for children ages 5 through 12 who lost family members, friends, their homes and their collective sense of security. Activities will include expressive arts, group play, meditation and sand tray therapy, giving children an opportunity to express their feelings and experiences in an environment designed to facilitate their healing and psychosocial recovery.

Children are often so sensitive to tragic experiences. Fun, play-based therapeutic activities can be an important way to help them increase their emotional coping skills and build resilience to difficult situations like these tragic storms, said Phyllis Freeman, domestic disaster response director at World Vision.

The event is limited to 16 children, who will attend the entire day’s activities. Adults attend only the first and last hour of the day with their children. To register children, contact Ingra Green at 972-790-1204, ext. 2232. For media interviews, contact Karon McFarlane at 917-232-1938.

In 2012, World Vision’s Domestic Disaster Response team provided relief for more than 47,000 beneficiaries, including more than 30,000 children. This year, World Vision continues to assist the most vulnerable affected by Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and has provided relief and rebuilding supplies to tornado survivors in multiple locations, including Moore, Oklahoma.

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