Artistic Therapies for Kids
Generating a real product that expresses feelings can develop confidence and cultivate feelings of self-worth in children. Children experience self-fulfillment from the artistic process of being creative and analyzing reasons behind the product they created.
Children visually articulate emotions and fears that they cannot express through traditional methods. By using art children gain feelings of control over the situations they are facing. They can alsoreflect on their artwork and perhaps realize the extent of their emotions and the triggers for such feelings.
Art can reduce the intensity or amount of stressful feelings. Frequent stress can be detrimental to both our psyche and our body.
Insomnia, anxiety, depression, weakened immune systems and other stress symptoms are all possible results from living in a state of high stress. Artistic pursuits can augment amounts of serotonin in the brain which is likely to be beneficial as it fights depression. Developing emotions through art is a great way to build your child's skills in expressing emotions.
Here are some ways you can use art to promote emotional development:
Working with clay is therapeutic and relaxing. Children can express themselves in any manner by using this type of medium. The actual use of clay has been found to physically reduce stress and anxiety in both adults and children. As a parent having clay available at home provides another outlet for tension and stress to fade away.
Painting/Drawing and Emotional Literacy
Allowing children to paint and draw to express what is happening in their lives is a valuable tool. These types of art activities are really helpful, especially in reluctant talkers. Children can express feelings of being torn apart by divorce, low self esteem and many other things through pictures instead of words. They say a picture tells 1000 words are certainly true if children are expressing themselves fully.
Artistic Reflection and Literature
Art can be used as a response to stories as well. After reading stories with your child discuss the emotions certain characters may have felt.
Emotion and Art