Paint by Touch / Stux
Art Therapy offers the creative and resilient child an opportunity to communicate their worries, questions, and their hopes in a symbolic form. This creates a sense of confidence and accomplishment. A child’s artwork is a record of problems met and solved and a symbol of goals reached.
Creating and working with art for children means that they learn more about themselves and helps them to feel more competent. More often than not, children come to their first session expecting to “mess up.” They are taught to celebrate the diversity of their work in comparison to other children and their uniqueness. This helps to boost their self-esteem and create a more positive sense of self.
Problems in real life are often paralleled during the art marking process. Working through these issues in the context of a creative outlet means that mistakes can be salvaged and problem-solving skills can be developed. This gives children a sense of strength and pride when goals have been successfully met. The ability to control impulse and increase tolerance to frustration is the key to this therapy.
It can offer children a safe place to discuss difficult feelings through a graphic medium. It provides a vehicle for uncomfortable or disruptive emotions to be discovered and gives the child a vehicle to focus and explore this emotions through art. There is no fear of retaliation or guilt experienced by a child visualising their frustration on paper, rather than on those around them.