Art and Play Therapy are often used for children in therapy, “Drawings broaden the individual’s experience of expression by allowing the safe expression of feelings and attitudes in ways that words cannot (Hagood, 2000;Landreth, 1991; Oster & Gould, 1987). Play therapy also serves the same function as children have the opportunity to express emotionally significant experiences symbolically.
Individual and Group Therapy has been effective to resolve issues related to:
- Anxiety (social or school anxiety)
- Social withdrawal
- Selective mutism
- Sleep disturbance
- Aggression – opposition defiant disorder and conduct disorder
- Parent/child conflict
- Abuse – physical, sexual emotional, family violence,
Art/play therapy provides a child an opportunity to explore negative emotions or experiences; just as an adult would explore these same emotions or experiences through words. Emotions that they do not yet have the cognitive ability to express.
Workshops can also be designed for staff in education centers, agencies, and child care centers to address behavior management and trauma functioning issues for children. Staff can develop the skills and knowledge to improve awareness of emotional regulation, social, emotional and academic strategies to improve brain functioning.