Art therapy for children can provide kids with an easier way to express themselves since children are more naturally artistic and creative. A young child is likely to be more comfortable initially expressing him/herself with some crayons and markers, for example, than he/she is going to be at expressing emotions and feelings through words.
A question and answer type of format can be daunting and intimidating for a child, especially when they have to try and explain themselves with their already limited vocabulary.
If a child experiences something tragic, that event usually gets buried in their subconscious where it affects them in the future. These types of things are not easy for kids to talk about, especially when there are deep-rooted emotional issues in play. Through art therapy children can help bring these suppressed emotions to the surface so the art therapist can then focus on healing the child’s issue(s).
Does Art Therapy Work For Children?
Art therapy can improve behaviour, school attendance and support children to get the most out of lessons and school life.
Art therapy for children can help in a variety of ways, children who might benefit are those
- at risk of exclusion
- who are refugees or asylum seekers.
- who are experienced a death of a mum, dad, or sibling
- who are bereaved
- who have learning disabilities or communication difficulties
- living with parental conflict or domestic abuse
- who have experienced abuse, helping them communicate about physical or sexual abuse
- who are withdrawn
- who have experienced bullying
Those are just a few aspects in which art therapy can help children. Art therapy can also aid a child in achieving better self-awareness, relief from stress or anxiety, learning disorders, autism, and other traumatic experiences.