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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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Sensory Integration Art Therapy for Children with Autism

I have written about art therapy and sensory processing before, but I believe it is worth reiterating again as I see a lot of children and teens that benefit from this. Just the other day, I had a session with a client with severe Autism and hearing impairment. As I offered him an array of […]

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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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“Look What I Did!” Developing a Child’s Artistic Skills in Art Therapy

Art Therapy as opposed to Art Education generally emphasizes process over the finished art product.  We as art therapists are not instructors in artistic skills, but rather facilitators of artistic media to help clients express themselves and project internal issues in order to gain self awareness and insight.   However, recent sessions with a client […]

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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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Helping Children Cope with Divorce through Creativity

Divorce and separation can be very stressful on the entire family as we know. Children have significant resiliency in most cases but often need to have some type of therapeutic intervention to help them understand, cope and most importantly express what they are feeling and going through. Using creative modalities such as art and play […]

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Playtime for Children on the Spectrum

Children with Autism have many challenges with socialization and communication. They find it extremely difficult to relate to others; especially to their peers.  Instead of playing with toys in imaginative ways (such as pretending a doll is really “my baby”) they may use toys for self-stimulation, perseverate on objects, and become entirely self-absorbed. For typical […]

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