Children face many changes within themselves and in the world around them. As problems emerge, they may not easily find a home in words. Using art as therapy, a child can enjoy the many options of colors, marks, shapes, and images to safely express difficult feelings. As sculpture and paintings evolve and stories unfold with therapeutic support, children easily explore their personal worlds through the metaphors of art. This allows them to discover and naturally integrate new options for navigating inner uncertainties and outer problems. Parents can choose for their children either art therapy sessions, biofield therapy sessions, or art therapy integrated with bioenergetic practices. How do parents or caregivers know their child needs extra help?
Is your child's individuality out of sync with his or her social group or struggling to find its own ground?
Are you concerned that your child is slow in reaching developmental milestones and don’t know why?
Do you feel that your child’s physical challenges shadow potentials ready to emerge?
Each child comes into this life with a unique set of gifts and challenges. Such gifts can sometimes leave a child feeling ‘different’ and isolated, making it difficult to find friends or to grow in a balanced way. When a child is very intelligent, she or he may need help becoming comfortable in physical activities. A child whose capacities do not conform to other children’s expectations may experience being bullied by peers or siblings. Feeling ‘special’, superior, or vulnerable, a child can bully or say mean things to others.
These and other situations can leave children feeling disappointed, misunderstood, or ‘worthless’. Gaps between gifts and limitations can fracture self-esteem. Without knowing why, children who are experiencing such gaps or whose capacities are suppressed can feel confused and angry, scared, sad or depressed. Energies that would otherwise go towards growth get sidetracked.
Expressed symbolically through art, difficult feelings are less likely to be acted out in ways that bring pain and problems to the child and family. A child can work with different aspects of a painting, for example, changing colors, moving people into different locations on the page, or changing size of houses, animals, or trees. Children learn new options within the evolution of these symbolic metaphors of their lives. This helps them to safely revisit, explore, and integrate conflicting aspects of themselves and the world around them. Self-image, hurt by previously irreconcilable experiences, can heal and strengthen. Return to the top or next.
So many are the every day stresses on a family, caregiver, or parent, be it a change of homes, a newly diagnosed illness, the adoption or birth of another child, marital conflicts, eldercare, or a new partner, marriage, or job. These stresses can create big worries for a child, as well. Energy that might otherwise go towards growth may get fixed on family or other concerns.
Lost in the classroom, a child may have difficulty making friends. At home, children may simply have no words for either the confusion they feel as their parents separate, or the anger ignited by a newborn or step-sibling joining the family, or the fears that erupt as someone loved and needed is very ill. Some-times, a child simply needs extra support during a specific phase of growth, or while changing grades or schools, or when adjusting to new challenges.
Within such circumstances, the child’s thoughts and feelings and body can become at odds with each other and the world around them. Feeling and being met in their emotional world can help children to grow while living with major life changes. With this support, a child can experience deeply gratifying self-expression, using art therapy to explore his or her inner and outer worlds. Children will receive help in creating artwork that they like and is important to them. The ability to experience and express their inner world through art-making can help them to find their way to using more words and making more friends. Teenagers can use expanding artistic vocabulary and language to clarify confusions and gain confidence. Return to the top or next.
A child’s reactions to illness or disability can hide his or her innate capacities. When a family is faced with chronic, acute, or life-limiting illness, developmental disabilities, autism, visual or physical handicaps, or other special medical needs, the experience can be very stressful for all involved. Such challenges can unnecessarily hinder a child’s self-expression, impede the child’s overall growth, and create problems within the classroom and at home.
Katherine Paras, M.S.
Integrative Mind-Body Healing for Children
Your Child can Heal and Grow amid Life Challenges
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