Been working with the Expressive arts Therapy since 1974.
Check out the article that appeared in today’s ADDitude Magazine.
I worked with Connecticut schools, creating artist in residence programs for 33 school districts over a twenty year period. As an administrator, teacher trainer, and as a visiting artist myself, I repeatedly heard classroom teachers say, “Wow, that one (student) usually doesn’t (participate, cooperate, show leadership, succeed, follow directions) etc. etc. This is the first time I’ve seen it!”
ADDitude Magazine isn’t just for kids! Expressive arts can get to the heart of things in a less analytic or sequential way. Resolutions pop up. Awareness blossoms. Feelings are released. Though many of us are “talkers,” the expressive arts offers an alternative. For those of us that are, it stills our minds, quiets our tongues, and lets our deeper intuitions surface.
Some of the most common attributes of ADD–difficulty with focus, poor self esteem, and managing tasks –all seem to flow more easily during arts experiences. And, for folks that don’t need therapy per se, participatory arts experiences help the soul sing, the mind de-clutter, and recharge the spirit.
In fact, I just took up beading. Why not? Oohh la la!……….