Participating in art therapy activities offers many benefits to kids with a variety special needs including children:
- who have mental health illness
- who are going through the grieving process
- who have learning disabilities
- who have emotional problems
- who have cognitive delays
- who have been through physical or sexual abuse
- who have terminal or chronic illnesses
- who suffer with PTSD
Engaging in art therapy activities gives non-verbal and traumatized kids a way of expressing themselves without the need for spoken language.
It can help kids with trust issues develop close bonds with not only their therapist, but with their family and friends as well!
Participating in art therapy activities has even been known to help kids with special needs develop coping skills and can boost self confidence and sense of self worth!
Creative art therapy activities may also offer behavioral and emotional benefits to those who engage!
Art Therapy Activities and Ideas
- make a collage
- draw in sand
- make a sand sculpture
- make a clay or playdough sculpture
- color in a coloring book
- finger paint
- draw or paint your emotions
- draw or paint faces depicting different emotions
- draw or paint a mountain and a valley
- create an art journal
- design a post card for someone your are upset with but never send it
- attach a drawing and/or a message to a balloon and let it go
- paint to music
- draw with your eyes closed
- glue tissue paper scraps to a canvas then decoupage it