Children like to play. This is their main job. Through play they discover the world, develop and grow mentally and emotionally and learn to communicate. It is important for children to be able to express their needs in order to feel accepted and understood. Yet, certain issues can block the communication and understanding may be impaired. This might build up the level of anxiety and frustration inside the child, and result in non desirable behaviour.
Art Therapy can be a helpful tool for children to express what bothers them within. Through therapy they can use their natural inclination to play and to be creative. Art media can serve the needs of the child on different levels. Art materials can be used as an emotional discharge in a safe way: clay can be be broken and built back again, paints can be spread and smudged. Images the children create can contain their unwanted feelings, so they may feel liberated and as a result their behaviour as a whole can change.
A main part of my professional practice comes from working with children and young people with difficult behaviour, learning and physical disabilities, and autism.
I have worked at Southwark Inclusive Learning Service (SILS), facilitating
art therapy for young people with challenging behaviour. Currently I work at a school and college for children and young people with special needs.