The Importance Of Art Therapy For Children

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Art therapy is a beneficial technique that works especially well with children. Sometimes children are unable to put into words the different emotions they are feeling, art therapy can assist the therapist in discovering the different issues children’s may feel. Art therapy focuses on the creative process of exploring deeper meanings in a patient’s personal experiences, while integrating psychotherapy with multi-arts, this approach can help children access, process, and integrate traumatic feelings in a manner that allows for appropriate emotional regulation. This technique uses imagination, rituals, and the creative process, which may include painting drawing, sculpture, dance, movement, music, drama, or poetry (Siegal, 2013). Children usually…show more content…
The British artist Adrian Hill noted that art making was helpful in his recovery and other patients that were hospitalized for tuberculosis, because of this he noted this he could be called one of the first “medical art therapist. More recently, the use or art expression has increased and enhanced the promotion and development of programs in the health care settings with children. Due to this interest in art therapy there is now a need for clinical skills in worked with child life, counselor training programs, to address the need to understand how art expression is used specifically with the pediatric population (Malchiodi, 1999)…show more content…
For hospitalize children, the active qualities of making, doing, cutting, arranging, molding, gluing, and constructing are valuable in allowing the child to feel hopeful and a sense of control. Usually children in the medical setting fell a lack of control and art therapy gives that sense of control they want. It also gives the children a sense of active participation in their health care. Art expression, with a therapist, is another way to prepare for a medical procedure such as surgery, chemotherapy, and dialysis (Malchiodi, 1999). Art therapy does not only assist children with difficult situation and getting through traumatic situation, but it can also assist with building rapport and can be extremely helpful during the assessment of a patient. Using art therapy in an assessment can provide the therapist with valuable information on the child’s level of psychosocial situation and perception on
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