Many young children in their school years struggle to figure out who they are as individuals and what values and morals they hold. There are many other difficulties they face in their journey from childhood to young adulthood such as ineffective communication skills and low self-esteem or self-worth. Being able to communicate feelings effectively with friends and family can have a positive influence on the person a student becomes.
Children are more likely to be more comfortable in expressing themselves with some crayons and markers, for example, than at expressing emotions and feelings through words. A question and answer type of format can be overwhelming and frightening for a child, especially when …show more content…
Children find it difficult to express deep-rooted emotional issues. Through expressive art therapy children can help bring these suppressed emotions to the surface.
Expressive art therapy can also aid a child in achieving better self-awareness, relief from stress or anxiety, learning disorders, autism, and other traumatic experiences. Through art therapy, children receive treatment that is based on their existing strengths, weaknesses, interests, and concerns. It can help children of all ages and races.
According to the American Dance Therapy Association website (2009), dance movement therapy is defined by the association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual.” Levy (1988) described Dance Movement Therapy as “the use of dance and movement that allows the body movement to reflect inner emotional states and changes in movement behavior can lead to changes in the psyche, thus promoting health and …show more content…
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