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In the field of child psychotherapy, the Dolls Villa is used for therapeutic play to facilitate contact with children, to make diagnoses, and even as a form of treatment. A Dutch health care psychologist confirms this: "The doll’s villa is good for perception and treatment”. While they play, children reveal ‘hidden information’ about themselves.

 
     
 
 

   
   
by SWPS Katowice Poland December 22, 2014  

DOLLS VILLA ON POLISH UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

The Dutch Dolls Villa supports the education and the research of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities | SWPS Katowice Poland. The Dolls Villa is part of the promotional film SWPS 2014 - 2015.

 
 
 
 

   
   
by Liliane Limpens July  

Economic mission | State Visit Poland

 

PSYCHIATRISTS

 
Psychiatrists in Warsaw 16 July 2014:  

“We are glad to get to know you and your concept. We believe that conducting the international research-project ‘Dolls Villa and video-registration’ may lead to increased efficacy of therapeutic work with children. We ourselves also use various forms of play, also including work with doll houses. It seems that the standarization may enhance the quality of such work. We are waiting for further information on the progress of preparations and we are willing to participate in any stage."

 
 
 
 
 

   
   

by Hikanu Imamura October 29, 2012

REDUCING FEARS

Hikaru Imamura: "During my visits to Astrid Lindgren Children‘s Hospital in Sweden and to Beatrix Kinderziekenhuis in Groningen, I observed that children use pretend play as a method to reduce their psychological fears of medical procedures. For example, hospital play specialists get children to pretend to perform a surgery on their doll, and in the process, develop a positive mind-set to receive treatment themselves."

 
 
 
 
 

   
   
by Liliane Limpens April 19, 2012  

DUTCH PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The dolls villa is being used in more then hunderd Dutch primary schools for the stimulation of the social-emotional development of [young] children.

   
 
 
 

   
   
by Liliane Limpens April 19, 2012  

EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED

The Astrid Lindgrens Stockholm children's hospital is using the LILIANE dolls villa for creative therapy: "Seriously sick children, we observed, do not look at other people, but usually at the floor. For many years we had been looking for something that could stimulate contact between children. The dolls villa is exactly what we needed."

   
 
 
 

   
   
by RIAGG Maastricht The Netherlands  

RIAGG Dutch Institute for Ambulatory Mental Health

NEW PLAY THERAPY WITH DOLLS VILLA

DOLLS VILLA BENEFITS

 

UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT

 

Health psychologist Stankiewicz writes in the RIAGG 2008 annual report: ”The dolls villa is an excellent channel for making contact with children; certainly with children who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. The villa is used for many different problems: from attachment problems, abuse, and behavioural problems to neglect".

 
   

Child psychologist Jeurissen: "The dolls villa is a very good and practical instrument that I have already been able to use with various clients. It's great for initial contact with the child, but also to be able to observe the child at play [copycat behavior, imagination, teamwork] and to recreate certain 'difficult' home situations for the child. Basically I'm just really happy with it!".

 
   

Adolescent psychologist Weckx: "Even teenage girls in my caseload look at our gorgeous dolls villa with big eyes: Oh!".

 
   

Play therapist Hoogeboom: “Toddlers and young children are usually barely able to articulate their problems, if at all. They often express their feelings and experiences far better in their manner of playing. For example, the dolls talk or fight with each other. A play therapist plays with the child, and through this play he or she helps the child express itself and process certain experiences. As a child grows, dialogue takes a more central role".

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by Liliane Limpens

 

MORE QUALITY TIME

 

Doctor Swaans is a general practitioner with a practice in Bunde, the Netherlands: "Ever since we put the LILIANE dolls villa in my waiting room, I have been able to spend more quality time with my adult patients. Their children simply prefer to keep playing with the villa! They even beg to be brought back for another visit. I also regularly find fathers, mothers and grandparents crouching around the villa. This product really helps create a relaxed atmosphere at my practice."

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by Liliane Limpens

 
ACT OUT DOCTOR - PATIENT  

RELATIONSHIP

 

A doctor at the university hospital in Maastricht: "When we first got the LILIANE dolls villa, I was amazed to see children actually playing together in the waiting room. They act out the doctor - patient relationship. Every time they come for a check-up they head straight for the villa!"

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by Anne Maaskant

 

CHILD WELFARE | TREATMENT

 

AFTER VIOLENCE AT HOME

 

"The Practice" foundation in the Netherlands offers help to children with development and|or psychiatric problems. Orthopedagogue Anne Maaskant: "The dolls villa has since been used intensively for both diagnostic and for therapeutic objectives. The quality of the material is splendid. Our findings and experiences so far are positive."

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by the Otradnoye Orphanage Moscow

 

VERY HELPFUL IN THE

 

REHABILITATION PROCESS

 

The Otradnoye orphanage in Moscow received a complete LILIANE leading dolls villa as a gift, an initiative of Richard Doumen. The villa was a donation made by 35 participants in the economic mission to Moscow and Nizhni Novgorod in 2008. An orphanage in Murmansk received a LILIANE light dolls villa from an entrepreneur. 

 
   

"We have moved the dolls villa to the children's reception group. All of the children arriving in Otradnoye Center first enter the reception group and stay there for a few weeks. During this initial period, the children require more support and we need ways to create a safe environment for them. There, the sitting room has more space so the villa can be moved into the centre of the room when children want to play with it, and it can then be rolled back into a safe corner during the rest period. The children have made carpets and some other small things for the villa, which makes it very cosy and domestic. They spend a lot of time playing with the dolls villa."

 
   

"We realize now that this gift from the Dutch mission is really special and very helpful in the rehabilitation process of our children."

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by J. Vos - Kuizenga

 

WORKING WITH A SICK CHILD

 

Rijnmond South Medical Center [MCRZ], J. Vos-Kuizenga: "We are delighted that MCRZ is the first Dutch hospital to receive the LILIANE dolls villa as a gift from two donors. Psychologists from the MCRZ Paediatric Department use the villa as an observation tool. This enables us to see how a child experiences his illness and his admission into hospital."

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by Liliane Limpens

 

INCEST THERAPY

 

At the Clessiedra psychotherapy clinic in Rotterdam, the LILIANE dolls villa is often used for therapeutic purposes. Young patients can reveal incest experiences through their play with dolls.

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by professor Wolters

 

VERY SUITABLE FOR HEALTH CARE

 

Medical child psychologist and expert on incest, Prof. Wolters, PhD: "Child psychiatry, in particular, makes frequent use of doll's houses. Playing with dolls allows children to cope with their [traumatic] experiences. In a relaxed atmosphere, they can let the dolls go through the experiences they themselves wish to avoid. The features of the LILIANE dolls villa, its size, its durability and its mobility make this product very suitable for hospitals, [medical] day-care centres and children's rehabilitation centres".

 
   
 
 
 

   
   

by Johan Gortworst

 
DONATION TO DUTCH WOMEN'S  

SHELTERS

 

All women's shelters as well as social shelters in the Netherlands will receive a LILIANE dolls villa. In this way, the sponsor is contributing to the renewal of contact between mothers and their children, victims of domestic violence.

 
   

The Federation of Dutch Care Centres: "The centres are very impressed with this sponsor's gesture. The LILIANE dolls villa is an addition to the help available to children at the centres. However, it's not just for children, the villa also invites the mothers to play. This relaxed contact between mother and child is essential for both of them. The dolls' villa is also used to observe children at play, establish a rapport with a child and to recreate difficult home situations so that painful experiences can be handled."

 
   
   

 

   
   
   

translated from Dutch

 

Johan Gortworst | Director of the Dutch Federation of Shelters [Federatie Opvang]:
"The Federation believes it is of vital importance to invest in children in shelters [6,700 each year], as this can help prevent problems in the future. Often, the children themselves become perpetrators or victims of violence, domestic and otherwise, later down the line. No stone is left unturned to give these children a positive new start and a dolls villa such as this can certainly help. It helps teach the children how to play again, how to play with their mothers, and helps build an ideal home where there is no violence. These are all fantastic things that the children have not often experienced.
This process rebuilds the basis that gives the children the freedom to be a child again. It allows them to grow up in the way that every child should. By investing in this dolls villa, you are investing in a better future for these children."

 

 

 
 
 
 

   
   
by Liliane Limpens July  

TÜV testresults

 

DOLLS VILLA CHILDSAFE

 

The LILIANE Dolls Villa passed the research testing by TÜV Germany, according to the latest European and US standards for safety EN 71-1 | EN 71-2 | EN 71-3 | ASTM F 963-11.