Images Can Transcend Words: Inside an Art Therapy Session

Introduction
Art therapy is an evidence-based treatment that utilizes a variety of art media and psychology based processes in order to reach therapeutic goals and improve overall quality of life. An art therapist is a board certified masters-level clinician who works with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Art Therapists value artistic expression as an avenue to better understand underlying psychological needs and to access personal history that is not available through verbal means alone….

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Art Therapy Activities Bring Joy to Kids at CCHMC!

Thank you Gina Roell for writing this blog post! Gina is an art therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 
 
Hello from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Thanks to Sam’s Fans, the patients on our Bone Marrow Transplant unit are able to benefit from art therapy services. I wanted to share some of the art therapy activities (interventions) that I use with the patients that Sam’s Fans makes possible….

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Art Brings Color and Light To My Life

Thank you to Jennifer Rundberg for writing this blog post about art therapy! She’s the art therapist working at our partners The Center for Courageous Kids.
Art has always been a constant for me, and has been there to bring my life both color and light, as well as a feeling of empowerment and creativity. I have also seen how creating art brings others comfort,…

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Story Time with Music and Art Therapy!

One of our favorite parts of Facebook live interviews is Story Time. Today we share stories from that section from two individuals. The first one tells us about Flying Horse Farms and how their music program has allowed for some beautiful moments of connection and growth. And the second one is Gina Roell, art therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center….

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Casting the Last Goodbye: Art Therapy In the Dying Process

Today’s blog post is written by Jackie Kolenz, an art therapist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s! Read about legacy-making in art therapy and how hand-casting can be a way to say goodbye to loved ones. If you want to learn more about our partnership with them, check it out here.
 
Helping pediatric patients and their families cope with a terminal illness is a difficult and sensitive issue….

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Facebook Live Stories Part 1

Every Wednesday we host Facebook live interviews with music therapists, art therapists, and other Sam’s Fans. We have talked about various topics within the creative arts therapies, about our partnerships, and so much more. Usually my favorite part of the facebook live interviews are the stories at the end as I get to hear the stories (some weird,…

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Art Therapy as a Support for Autism

Art Therapy and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In the hopes of supporting the development of their children, parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access many therapies. Treatment of ASD can be an exhausting and overwhelming process that can bring about resistance in the child. While there is no one clear solution to the complex array of symptoms and varying abilities of children with ASD,…

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Art Therapy: An Outside the Box Approach to ADHD

Parents of children who have an ADHD diagnosis often go to great lengths to support their child’s special needs. Behavior modifications, endless adjustments to diet and schedule, tutoring, sports, meetings with teachers, and medications create a short list. However, this does not come anywhere close to painting an adequate picture. Exhaustion, meltdowns, and desperation become underlying motivations to solve the puzzle that has become their child….

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Art Games for the Win!

We have all been there. You need a quiet and engaging activity for your kids to prevent a meltdown at a restaurant. Or quite possibly you have a sick family member that needs your presence but lacks the energy to converse. Conversations take effort and sometimes we are not up for the task. We share with you 10 art games here and you can also download the eBook for FREE if you scroll down!…

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Art Therapy: How It Works

“My loveness makes my wings grow big!”
As he spoke, he created pink circles radiating outward from his body map. This exercise is done each art therapy session to help this 6 year old learn to identify the physical sensations of his emotions. Gradually, his circles grew so large they overtook the page. Next, he added large,…

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