chapter  5
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Phases of Children’s Psychodrama

The techniques known as warm-up or warming up in psychodrama for adults take on a different form and serve a different function in children's psychodrama, as the need is more for a cooling down period. In children's psychodrama during the 1920s, the rule in France was that both participated in every play. Psychodramatists take on the roles assigned to them by the children. The synthesis of the collaboration of the group and individual creativity is one of the important energy sources for the interior dynamics of children's psychodrama. The play you can read below, "The Lion and His Cub" illustrates the transformation that takes place between the declared topic and the scene that is played out. Most children's psychodramatists have concluded that commentaries and reflections concerning their experience are not easy for the children, and they prefer to avoid asking the children to verbalize.