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Master of Fine Arts


Dean's Office Qatar

First Advisor

Stella Colaleo

Second Advisor

Basma W Hamdy

Third Advisor

Byrad Yyelland


With increased globalization and a large expat population, Qatar is home to increasing numbers of Third Culture Kids (TCKs). TCKs are children who live in a country where their parents are non-native, children who grow up between cultures. Young TCKs, especially children between the ages of three and seven, do not possess the skills to adequately vocalize their feelings, but fortunately, play therapy allows them to articulate problems and feelings on their own terms. This thesis addresses the emotional hurdles facing TCKs, using concepts derived from play therapy and offering a series of interactive objects designed to reflect emotional expression through movement. Designed for use in a therapeutic playroom, the objects facilitate communication between the TCK and the therapist.


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