Help kids heal and grow strong through art
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Acrylic paint or sculpting clay
Therapeutic sketch books
Kiln for firing pottery
Our art therapy program serves roughly 40 children a week, four
at a time. Each new arrival is assessed to determine where they
are developmentally, what trauma they’ve experienced and how open
they are to talking about it. We work in small groups to build
trust and encourage children to feel safe opening up. We talk a
lot about confidentiality. The kids learn that what’s said in the
group stays there. And we don’t judge.
Trauma causes hyperarousal and fear. It also reduces the
capacity to regulate feelings, make attachments, focus attention
and deal with issues. Creating art helps externalize what’s
happening inside, making it easier to share and talk about
experiences. Kids can connect with each other as they look at a
picture and say, “Oh, I’ve felt that way, too.” Art therapy helps
children learn to process trauma, manage behavior, reduce anxiety
and build self-esteem.
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