In this article, a mother discusses her success in using art as a form of therapy for reducing her son's anxiety. She tells the story of seeing multiple doctors, being prescribed medication and cognitive therapy only to be told later that her son wasn't progressing due to some fault of the mother. She eventually learned about "art therapy" and has successfully used it to treat her son.
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
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Not the Former Things
Not the Former Things is a blog by Shawna Wingert where she writes about special needs, homeschooling, and the messiness of motherhood. Topics include, but aren't limited to, children with ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorders, childhood anxiety, and other special needs.