Matteo CorbucciSapienza University of Rome, Italy
Title: The expression of children in the time of COVID-19
Intervention from an educational perspective is important to assist in health care practices aimed at children, starting with the youngest ones. In the time of COVID-19, it was possible to experience how the use of animated objects helped them to face the fear of an unexpected condition of disease and to inform them on correct hygiene practices to prevent contagion. The contribution of preschool educators and teachers was to support, through play, the expression of children in telling their story and that of their family in that peculiar condition. The animation game supports the mobilization of all personal resources for well-being and healing, but also responds to the educational need for communication and relationships
Matteo Corbucci is the president of the Italian Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and is professor of Pedagogy of educational services at Sapienza, University of Rome. His research focuses on play and educational animation practices for the well-being of children. He publishes on these issues in Italy and abroad.