Monsters Under the Bed and Superheroes in the Playroom: Helpful Responses to Children's Dreams and Fantasy Play

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. Children communicate differently from adults. Understood correctly, children’s dreams and imaginative play convey wishes and concerns that children are incapable of articulating more directly. This talk will provide parents, teachers, and other caregivers with insights into the meaning of children’s dreams and fantasy play and will offer helpful ways to respond. Informed responses to children’s dreams and fantasy play will enhance children’s emotional health and strengthen their affectionate ties to the caring adults in their lives.