Making the Child's World: Fostering Permanence
Cichy, Natalie A.R. Soranno
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Making the Child's World: Fostering Permanence, is a redefining, reordering and recalibration of the planning of a centre for children in transition within the child welfare system that would operate alongside foster homes. It is not a prescription for the ideal building design. Instead it is a proposition for a set of standards and qualities necessary of a child-centered environment; one where the child can be comfortable and secure, in the face of his or her family circumstances. <br /><br /> This thesis discusses the period between infancy and school age as crucial in the physical and emotional development of children; a time when they first establish concepts of space, relationships, and feelings. Each environment and social interaction experienced plays a large role in a child's development, both socially and physically. The dynamics, scale and intimacy of Play Therapy need to infiltrate the architectural strategy of this type of centre so that the centre itself adopts the values of Play Therapy, enabling the physical environment to act as a rehabilitative tool in the Play Therapy Programme.