Whether individuals have a chronic developmental disability or are experiencing a setback or delay with one developmental task, any kind of developmental challenge can cause stress and can impact the way we see ourselves. Pressure to do things at the same time as peers or in the same way that others do them may lead to social challenges or difficulty fitting in. Art therapy is a place where individuals can feel safe and comfortable to be themselves. Through the art process, clients can practice tasks, explore with materials in a non-judgmental space, and can build confidence in their abilities. Art therapy encourages expression through alternative forms of communication, which provides opportunities for clients to share what is on their mind. Our hope is that art therapy can be a space where clients have fun, experience success, and feel good about who they are and what they have to offer.
Art therapy can:
Provide a safe space where clients can express themselves in their own way and at their own pace
Allow for opportunities to practice developmental tasks in a fun, supportive, and non-judgmental environment
Build self esteem, which can help clients to feel confident when facing challenges
Offer opportunities for self reflection and self discovery, with the hope that clients can acknowledge, accept and even celebrate their unique strengths and challenges over time