All kids love art or at least most kids do!
Oftentimes, children engage in art therapy in a professional setting to deal with trauma. Tricia Hart, M.A., ATR-BC, LPAT, states that Expressive Therapy is an integrative and mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals and families through a creative process using applied psychological theory and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. She further states that art therapy is used in a variety of settings, such as mental health facilities, schools and even jails/prisons.
The good news is you don’t have to have any special training or talent to share art activities with your CASA children in a non-therapeutic setting such as the child’s home. You can start with simple materials such as pre-cut scrap cardboard (i.e. cereal or pizza boxes) cut into fun shapes, yarn scraps, glue crayons, markers, or construction paper.
Art projects can be a way to break the ice with your child or create something positive together for your child to keep. Art activities can help you organize and interact with a larger sibling group as they engage in individual age-based art activities together.
Let your imagination guide you!
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