Art therapy provides a creative, healthy way to help children and adolescents decrease anxiety and worry. It can also soothe and regulate emotions and behaviour.
Art therapy has been clinically shown to help children of all ages and developmental stages, cope with and process negative experiences, trauma and anxiety.
It helps children express themselves without judgement, show their individual personalities and bring attention to their strengths. This is useful for children with special needs, autism, ADHD, speech impairments, PTSD, developmental and intellectual disability, or other mental and behavioural health conditions.
Using a variety of mediums, including paint, clay, pastels and watercolours, children can express their feelings. Art Therapy gives children a safe outlet to deal with negative emotions while doing an enjoyable activity.
Art Therapy has a range of benefits, including:
speeding up the healing and growth process
promoting feelings of self-worth, self-esteem and accomplishment
brings a sense of calm to the physical body.
But expressive arts aren't just for coping. They can also have a positive impact on a child's normal development.