For two days every week we have an art therapist working in our school. Children are selected for Art Therapy based on their social and emotional needs.
Art Therapy is a multi-sensory experience in which children are able to bond their emotional and logical sides of thinking, the therapy is based on a belief that the creative process is healing and life affirming. Art therapy provides a creative outlet for pent up emotions and hurtful feelings that are too painful to express verbally, it is also quite successful in working with young children who lack the words to express themselves adequately, young children are naturally creative and artistic. They can express their feelings and emotions quite easily through drawing or painting. Most children feel right at home when given crayons and paint and allowed to express themselves through their artistic creations. Besides helping to improve mental and emotional health, Art therapy can increase self-awareness, cognitive abilities, reduce stress and assist in healing the emotional effects of traumatic experiences. Art Therapy can even be beneficial to children with learning disorders.
“Art therapy provides an creative outlet for pent up emotions and hurtful feelings that are too painful to express verbally.”