Enhance Sequencing Skills through Art

Sequencing - Art Therapy

Art can be a fun and different approach for enhancing and developing sequencing skills. While the process of creating art involves free expression it also requires the very concrete execution of sequencing tasks to achieve it. This is the beauty and the complexity of the creative process. Planning and Prioritizing During the beginning phase of […]

Teach Social Skills Through Group Art

Group Art - Social Skills

Sharing social experiences is where we all start to connect and make friends. This is a natural process in life. Sometimes finding ways for these opportunities to happen for children with various isms can be a challenge.  An art group can offer a great way to create a social event and give kids an opportunity […]

Simple Household Materials for Sensory Art-based Activities

Colored Rice - Art Therapy

Very often, my goals as an art therapist will focus on the creative expression in developing the child’s imagination, communication and socialization skills. These are all areas that the child with isms is working on in school, home and other therapies.  However, sometimes art can simply be used in a more non-directed way and purely […]

It’s Youth Art Month: How to Celebrate Your Artist

Showcase Art

“Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

art therapy - fine motor

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It isn’t “work”.  It’s fun!  Here are some benefits and tips for using art to support and increase these skills. Increase Eye-Hand […]

Promote Imaginative Play with Puppets

puppet-making

Most typical children naturally love to pretend play and intuitively use their imaginations at a relatively early age. We see this the strongest in normal development around 3-6 years of age. A child may pick up a toy car and “pretend” it is driving up and down the furniture.  He may joyfully make sounds to […]

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Sensory Integration Experiences through Art

Too Much Glue

Art can be a great way for kids with special isms to get sensory experiences they crave and enjoy.   It can also be a good place for children with sensory integration challenges to be introduced to new materials and develop a stronger tolerance for various materials. Ideas For Kids Who Love Sensory Experiences Tape  Some […]

Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, Part 2

fine motor art

In Part 1 of Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, perfectionism and fear were examined as prospective causes for a reluctance to create art.  Fine motor challenges and motor planning isms may also play a role in an avoidance to create art.  “Art may represent a  place that offers potential embarrassment, anxiety, and frustration or […]

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Art Readiness For The Unwilling Child, Part 1

Art Options

For many people the act of “creating” is an intimidating thing.  Inventing something and sharing it for everyone to see invokes an intense fear and dread.  It is an invitation for judgement.  Every artist will tell you that these are aspects of creating that we all have to walk through and overcome to get to […]

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