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Childhood Depression and Art Therapy

Symptoms of depression in children are quite different from typical “blues” and everyday emotions that happen as a child develops. When a child seems sad, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is clinically depressed. However, if the sadness persists, or if behaviors change and interfere with normal interests, activities and schoolwork, it may indicate […]

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Social Stories and Art Therapy

Overview of Social Stories and Individuals with Autism Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental issues use Social Stories in order to better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication. Originally designed in 1991 by Carol Gray, Social Stories model appropriate social interaction by describing a situation with appropriate social cues, others perception, and […]

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Navigating the Holidays with Special Needs Children

It’s holiday time and no matter which holidays your family celebrates, the following guidelines and may help you and your family enjoy the season with less stress. Children with special needs like ADHD and autism pick up on those stressful energies, so try to plan ahead as best you can! Special events should be scheduled […]

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ASD and Those Challenging Behaviors- How, Why and Help!

Raising a child who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be so challenging; especially when they display behaviors that are hard to understand. It can be even more difficult to help your child if he or she is non-verbal. Challenging behaviors includes what would typically be considered physically aggressive acting out, excessive chewing or biting, hand flapping and more. Frustration […]

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Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Most children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum have behavioral issues and sensory integration issues as well.  But when and how can we tell which is which? Well in a nut shell……you can’t and for the most part its usually one and the same!  Children with autism and special needs go through similar emotional […]

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Family Art Therapy and the Child with Special Needs

Family members are not independent of one another. We need to view the family as a part of a system of specified relationships, adopted roles of behavior and unconscious and conscious rules of communication. In the case of a special needs child with limited communication skills, it is even more important to identify the dynamics […]

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