The mental health concerns mentioned above, while being addressed by the professionals at Manas needs to be expanded in its scope. One of the medium which cannot be fully utilized at the moment due to lack of funds is play therapy. It is an expressive therapy which can be used to engage with children who are survivors of abuse and trauma or are emotionally deprived. Further issues such as poor impulse control, inability to understand long term consequences of their immediate actions as well as high levels of physical aggression can be addressed through this medium. The play therapy room will be a safe space wherein children can shed their inhibitions. While facilitating rapport building with children, it enables children to bring repressed emotions to the fore which may be difficult to communicate otherwise and encourages creative expression.
Funds are needed to transform an available room into the most vibrant play therapy room. Modifying the interiors of the room through texturing walls and floors is required. Further, tools such as building blocks, lego, clay, soft toys, hand puppets, sand tray are a minimum requirement for the room and help in facilitating disclosure and ventilation. Games such as puzzles, tumbling monkeys, Jenga are a few among many which can be used for psychological intervention for attention building, turn taking and tackling other behavioural issues.