Process of Art Therapy With Children

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Art therapy describes allowing kids to express themselves through their art. Learn about the process of art therapy for children with help from an educational specialist in this free video clip.

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My name is Dee Bostick, and I'm with Triangle Parenting Support, and today I'd really like to talk with you about art therapy with children. Well, art therapy is using the medium of art supplies for children. It would be markers and crayons and paint, and it could also include crafts and all kinds of material that the child can use to just express themselves. Art therapy is a way that a child can also become more self-aware. It's important for anyone using art therapy to know that just allowing them to do their creations is therapy within itself. I might say would you draw a picture of your family, and I would notice how they draw the picture, who they draw first, who is the biggest, who is the littlest, who is next to whom and just be aware and be right with them as they draw. Very little talking takes place when I work with a child who is using art to share. Art touches a part of our subconscious, and we express ourselves in ways that we maybe don't even understand, but someone who understands children and knows about art therapy can gain a lot of information and help the child understand some of that information by questions you might ask after the creation of the child is completed. I hope parents will have a little art center at home with all kinds of little supplies that they have on hand where a child can go at any time and sit down and do art. Just the process itself helps the child get in contact with how they see themselves at that moment, what's going in their lives, and how they might like things to be. Those were some general tips. Contact your school counselor or your private counselor for more support.

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