At Connections Therapy Center, our Recreational Department utilizes a wide-range of therapy interventions and techniques. Some of which include re-socialization, social skills training, community integration, guided imagery, sensory stimulation and stress management and relaxation. Another form of therapy that is often utilized by our therapists because of its effectiveness is art therapy! Here are just a few ways art therapy can benefit your child!
Art is a Form Of Expression
It is not uncommon for a child to struggle with communication. Sometimes, it can even be challenging to get a child to answer a few basic questions. If your child falls into this category, they likely need another way to express themselves to others in a constructive manner. Art therapy can be an excellent way for a child to express themselves to adults. In many cases, children will articulate their thoughts and emotions through their artwork. You can learn a lot about a child by just looking at one of their drawings or paintings.
Children, just like adults, have stressors in their lives. For this reason, it is essential for children to have outlets in their lives and art therapy can serve as an excellent coping strategy for a child. If a child is suffering from a traumatic experience, art can help a child work through painful prior experiences.
Builds Confidence and Personal Independence
Is your child suffering from low-confidence levels? If that is the case, it probably stems from the fact your child feels inadequate in their abilities. Children sometimes need affirmation that they are special and several things to offer the world. Many children love being presented with a blank canvas because it’s an opportunity for them to show to others what they are capable of. Also, by doing so, a child should start to believe in themselves which can jump-start their confidence levels, which will should lead to more personal independence.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.