"Hibuki" is a hug dog developed in Israel that helps children overcome strong psychological trauma. Hibuki has been used around the world for 15 years thanks to child psychologist Dr. Shai Heng-Gal, who invented a way to help Israeli toddlers cope with the pain, loss and destruction of the Second Lebanon War. How does Hibuki work? It is a plush dog with long paws and a sad expression on its face. Translated from Hebrew, "hibuki" means "hugs". She has amazing healing properties: after a child hugs Hibuki, she feels that she can trust her. Hibuki becomes his friend - and gradually, instead of focusing on his worries, the kid begins to care about the dog.
For children 4-6 years old: kinematic sand (calming effect, tactility), play form of therapy (play is the leading activity of children of this age category, it is through play that children learn about the world and learn to communicate with others. Also, during play, the psychologist has possibility to track psychological problems in the child), isotherapy (allows the child to express his emotions and experiences with the help of paints, pencils, crayons on paper), fairy-tale therapy (there are special therapeutic fairy tales that are used as corrective material. Knowing the child’s problems, it is possible to choose a fairy tale that will help a child work through his psychological problems at a subconscious level)
For children 7-10 years old: fairy-tale therapy, isoterrary, work with MAK (the method works with the child's subconscious and provides an opportunity to work through their fears and worries carefully with the help of associations. Also, MAK can be used to return the resource state. This allows the child to return these feelings to oneself and to be in such a state).
For children and adolescents aged 11-15: isotherapy, MAK, Gestalt approach (this is an opportunity to talk about your feelings, to let them come out in a safe environment. This approach teaches you to understand yourself and your feelings, which reduces anxiety, aggression and fear).
Classes with a clinical psychologist include some physical and intellectual tasks aimed at compensating and correcting existing disorders. The duration of work with a psychologist depends primarily on the complexity of the problem and the age of the child, a comprehensive approach to therapy, and the participation of parents.
Do children feel that there is a war going on? Even at 2-3 years old?
First of all, don't be silent, but speak up. Don't be afraid to show and tell your child that you have feelings and you're scared too. When the child understands that the mother is afraid, and it is necessary to hold hands together and go to the shelter, it becomes easier for both. And it is very good to have someone like our Hibuki, so that the child also has someone to take care of. And it is very important to distract. The child should be busy - draw, help with the household, do sports, whatever, so that there is less war in everyday life.