Art Speak

  • Very Special Kids Hospice
  • 01 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017

Working daily with children in respite at hospice who are severely disabled and suffering from life-threatening conditions.  This intimate space between therapist and child creates a safe place for...

Description

Working daily with children in respite at hospice who are severely disabled and suffering from life-threatening conditions.  This intimate space between therapist and child creates a safe place for collaborative expression and often involves the use of hands rather than brushes. Many of these children are unable to hold a brush or have any movement in their hands at all. The therapeutic benefits are evident when after a few sessions of painting with hands and we often find some micro movements in fingers or small movements in the hand and arm. For those children who are able to work more autonomously, there is improvement in their fine motor skills as they gain control and confidence with the paintbrush or their hands.

There are no words in art making and the majority of children we work with are also non-verbal. Art breaks the barriers and supports the child no matter how incapacitating their condition is.

Art Speak Program:

  • Creates a safe and intimate space through co-creating art together with the child and giving them a sense of being seen.
  • Creating artwork with children who have not been given the opportunity previously to paint because of their severe disability.
  • Increase in somatic responses in children who are primarily non mobile and unresponsive.
  • Improvement of fine motor skills.
  • Working as part of the multidisciplinary team in the clinical setting.