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Winner For The Year 2020 In Product Design Therapy Dolls Header

Alma - Therapy Dolls

Winner for the year 2020 in product design

Design architecture: Yaara Nusboim (industrial designer, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
Photos credits: Ahikam Ben Yosef; Video: Eitan Mottahedehc

Description (parts): “The psychoanalyst Melanie Klein was the first to recognize the importance of play in child therapy. She understood that play provides an insight into the unconscious of the child’s soul and thus she developed the Play Therapy method. This method suggests that children are capable healing themselves, they just need the right conditions for it. Alma Therapy Dolls is a series of toys designed for children who are dealing with emotional problems and these toys are meant to be part of the therapeutic process. Many children deal with emotional problems as a result of neglect, lack of love and warmth, as well as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse (…). The project was done in collaboration with child psychologists and therapists, and the dolls shape and design is based on what I have learned from them about children’s emotional problems. The dolls were selected to portray the range of emotions arising during the therapy session, such as: fear, pain, emptiness, love, anger, and safety (…).”

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