How Does Art Therapy Affect Children

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_A box of crayons, pots of finger paints, or tubs of playdough can take us right back to childhood. Pottering with art supplies is super fun, but are these simple tools capable of doing much more for children, especially those with behavioral and psychological disorders? Art therapy stimulates children's natural imagination that is found to be beneficial in treating learning and behavioral disorders, healing traumatic memories, and coping with grief._

#Can Art Therapy Help Children With Behavioral And Emotional Problems?
#Cure with Colors, Crayons, and Clay - How Art Therapy Helps Children With Behavioral And Emotional Problems

Children with emotional and behavioral problems find it hard and intimidating to verbalize their feelings in clinical
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"Use of Art Therapy to build new structures of self-concept with ADD and Autism Spectrum Individuals". Adler Graduate School.[/ref]Art therapy quells hyperactivity and attention problems by acting as a channel to dissipate energy and a source to focus upon in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders generally lack imagination, social skills, and have poor sensory regulation. A child can develop creativity and abstract thinking skills by working closely with an art therapist. Working with materials like clay and paper gives the child a pleasant sensory stimulation, leading to regulated motor skills and posture. Moreover, creating art can improve self-esteem and thereby better social skills.[ref][Art Therapy](http://www.monarchcenterforautism.org/therapy/art-therapy "Art Therapy"). Monarch Center for Autism.[/ref]As a part of a study on autistic children aged between 11 and 18 years, art therapy led to an increase in assertiveness and reduced problematic behaviors and hyperactivity which in turn improved their social skills.[ref]Epp, Kathleen Marie. "Outcome-based evaluation of a social skills program using art therapy and group therapy for children on the autism spectrum." Children & Schools 30, no. 1 (2008):
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