“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead
Is your child being bullied at school and you don’t know what to do?
Do you notice your child is sad more times than not and you have no idea what is bothering him or her?
Is your child angry all the time, and all you want to do is help but they won’t talk to you?
Does it break your heart to see your child locked away in his or her room, and refuse to go to school or hang around peers?
Does it seem like no matter how hard you try, your child just not is not motivated to do anything you say?
Is your child going through a phase where you just cannot seem to connect with him or her?
Art therapy can help children in many ways…
How Can Art Therapy Help My Child?
Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture or create some other form of art as opposed to answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows kids to tackle tough issues in a creative way. Talking to the children about their drawings or artwork and helping them interpret the art can provide therapists with the opening they need to get at the heart of the problems affecting their young minds.
Art therapy can be used to assist children with a number of issues including:
§ Death of a family member or friend
§ Childhood trauma involving physical, mental, or sexual abuse
§ Learning disabilities
§ Emotional issues like fear of abandonment or phobias
§ Improve cognitive abilities
§ Deal with the challenges of serious diseases like cancer
§ Treating mental disorders such as schizophrenia or depression
§ Help children understand and deal with physical disabilities
§ Understand and treat behavioral problems
In addition to these challenges, art therapy can help children relieve stress, increase awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Children of all ages, nationalities, races and cultures can benefit from art therapy. Interventions are developed around a child’s strengths and abilities, so the kid can use the medium even if he or she has never picked up a crayon before.
How does Art Therapy Work Online?
Step 1: During your free 15 minute consultation, express an interest in receiving art therapy for yourself or child.
Step 2: Be sure that your child has the items on the supply list. Your child will likely already have most of the supplies, and for the remaining supplies, they can be purchased at Amazon or at the dollar store. The supply list is as follows:
- Construction paper
- Colored Pencils
- Glue Gun
- Glue Gun Sticks
- Printing Paper
- Notebook Paper
Step 3: Identify creative art therapy as your service choice and contact your insurance to see if they will reimburse for this service. $5 will be added to the regular 30 minute session in order to ensure that your child receives a variety of customized interventions, along with shipping and handling fees. Shipments will be mailed by the 15th of the previous month, to allow two weeks for delivery. When the 15th falls on a holiday or the weekend, please allow for shipments to occur by the next business day. We ask that you please not permit your child to use these supplies, until their session starts.
* This program is designed for children between the ages of six and 17 years old. However, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, or a sibling older 12 or older. For all participants, a parent must be available at the beginning and end of the session for processing and debriefing.