Build a Therapeutic Playroom for Children in DC

by Latin American Youth Center


LAYC aims to help children heal after experiencing traumatic events. By constructing and equipping a therapeutic playroom, we aim to encourage healing through play for children ages five and younger.
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Children who have experienced a traumatic event before age five can face continued difficulties. As a result of maltreatment, the sudden loss of a family member, or other traumatic experiences young children can develop lasting behavioral and mental health problems, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


LAYC's Therapeutic Playroom will play a vital role in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an approach developed to strengthen a child's sense of safety and attachment with their parents/caregivers.Through play, children can strengthen relationships with parents/ caregivers and in turn parents/caregivers learn to provide an environment of physical and emotional safety to their children. The construction of a playroom appropriate for young children is necessary for CPP to be available at LAYC.

Long-Term Impact

Continued Child-Parent Psychotherapy in an environment such as a Therapeutic Playroom can be a vehicle to improve a child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning as they continue through childhood.This project provides an environment conducive to play, and ultimately, conducive to healing.


LAYC's Mental Health website
A summary of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Organization Information

Latin American Youth Center

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Araceli Rosenberger
Washington, DC United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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