This year for Week of the Young Child, Rainbow Child Care Center’s Home Office will be pairing with The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. We will be holding an art auction on Friday, April 15th. All proceeds from the auction will go towards purchasing art supplies for The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Child Life Services Department and their Art Therapy program.
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Child Life Department works as part of a comprehensive health care team to provide a variety of interventions and activities to alleviate the stress and anxiety of a hospital stay for patients and families. Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports the hospital’s Child Life Department as one of the many programs offered to the communities we serve.
Art Therapy is a blended form of art and therapy. It uses the creative process to help cultivate health. Art Therapy can help to develop a variety of skills; emotional, cognitive, rational, and motor. It can improve communication skills, promote relaxation, improve focus, foster expression, reduce anxiety, provide a sense of accomplishment, help build a sense of self, increase self-esteem, and teach personal skills.
Children, who already have a limited vocabulary and understanding of their feelings and emotions, are more likely to be more comfortable expressing themselves through a form of art. Art Therapy for children is more likely to help a child communicate their feelings rather than simply having a conversation and talking about things. Children may bury very tragic experiences that are hard to talk about, and burying these experiences will affect a child’s future. Through Art Therapy, children can bring these suppressed emotions to the surface so the child can then begin to heal.
Art therapy can help a child cope and heal in many ways; achieving better self-awareness, relief from stress or anxiety, coping with traumatic experiences, coping grief and loss, coping with family issues, and coping with serious illness. Art Therapy will also help understand feelings from mental health problems, emotional and cognitive problems, behavioral issues, learning disorders, and autism.
Children who are hospitalized due to a serious illness benefit greatly from Art Therapy. They are learning to cope with and express their emotions. Children can get overwhelmed by anxiety and fear because of their situation and Art Therapy helps them get their emotions out in a way a therapist can better understand and begin to help them. Some children may struggle with verbal expression.