Art & Healing
All kids love art or at least most kids do!
Oftentimes, children engage in art therapy in a professional setting to deal with trauma. Tricia Hart, M.A., ATR-BC, LPAT shares that expressive therapy is an integrative, mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. She further states that art therapy is used in a variety of settings, such as mental health facilities, schools and even jails/prisons.
You don’t have to have any special training or talent to share art activities with your CASA children in a non-therapeutic setting such as the child’s home. You can start with simple materials such as pre-cut scrap cardboard (i.e. cereal or pizza boxes) cut into fun shapes, yarn scraps, glue crayons, markers, or construction paper.
Art projects can be a way to break the ice with your child or create something positive together for your child to keep, Art activities can help you organize and interact with a larger sibling group as they engage in individual age-based art activities together.
Let your imagination guide you!
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