Art therapy is a mental health profession that integrates the creative process of art and psychology. It is a way to facilitate development and growth and increase regulation, engagement, and creativity. Art therapy can increase self-expression and can serve as an alternative to spoken language, as the innate qualities of art making allow a person to communicate with out words. Art therapy has been shown to enhance cognitive abilities, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem.
Art Therapy at Live Oak Children’s Center uses therapeutic techniques and the process of art making to achieve goals, which are developed for each individual child. Some of the goals achieved in art therapy include:
- Developmental Growth
- Sensory Integration and Regulation
- Behavior Management
- Develop Individuality
- Increase Age Appropriate Imagination and Abstract Thinking
- Emotional Regulation