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Dolls used in psychiatry, probably European, 1955-2007

Psychiatrist Dr Ann Dally (1929-2007) used these tiny plastic dolls and wooden horses in her practice. Dr Dally was controversial. Her views sometimes conflicted with the medical establishment of whom she was critical. Using toys in psychological assessment was first promoted by psychologist Margaret Lowenfeld (1890-1973) in the 1920s and 1930s. Lowenfeld was a paediatrician who became a pioneer of child psychology and psychotherapy. She recognised language is often unsatisfactory as an expressive medium for children. She also recognised play is essential to their development.

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Glossary: toys (recreational artifacts)

Use for objects of delight, playthings that give pleasure during idle moments and are often small representations of something familiar.

Glossary: psychology

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