Art Therapy With Children and Adolescents With ADHD

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Art therapy for ADHD appeals to a range of ages, from children to adolescents. Develop therapy techniques with the useful advice from a trained art therapist in this free video on art therapy with children and adolescents with ADHD.

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I'm Deb Shoemaker, and I'm an art therapist with Integrated Therapy Associates. And I would like to talk to you a little bit now about using art therapy with children and adolescents who have ADHD. When I'm working with children and adolescents who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, one of the key components to remember to incorporate in our sessions, is structure. Because children with ADHD and adolescents are seeking stimulation. So, having structure helps to provide a calmness and some order. Naturally, they're kind of, all over the place, so for the therapist to provide that structure in an art therapy. One of the techniques that I use sometimes, to help a child or adolescent with ADHD, to provide that structure, is through cartooning. And that is providing particulars of block, blocking off the paper and doing sequencing. So, what came first, what came next and what came last, or story telling, creating characters and creating a story. So, there is real, real particular structure, but also there's an opportunity for them to express their feelings and create their characters. And process their behaviors, or their event, or what's been going on. So that's, using the cartooning, or story telling type structure, is very helpful. And another recommendation, is using markers that have scents. There are markers that smell like fruits and candies, and those provide a, an olfactory stimulation. But, so they're interested in that particular marker. So, it's like a sensory thing for them and, but then, they can also focus on their drawing. Remember to always consult with a professional art therapist for more information.


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