"Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more."
When presented the chance to create art, people with developmental disabilities are invited to awaken their creative spirit. After viewing a completed piece, the individual may encounter feelings of pride or relief, which for a time may override the dark shadow a disability can cast. The effort put forth while working on a particular piece can also bring feelings of self-worth and accomplishment to the individual. Emotions and feelings that were previously tucked away may be outwardly expressed onto a canvas through various colours and rhythms. Those once hesitant thoughts are now out in the open to be shared.
As a tool for people with disabilities to accept and connect with themselves and their emotions and thoughts, mindfulness has been shown to have positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing.
Practicing mindfulness can provide a sense of control and escapism that is helpful for the development of healthy and effective coping strategies.
DURATION: 60 minutes session
TARGET:people with special needs and those that support them - CHILDREN start to 6-12 years old - CAREGIVERS
Teaching daily living skills to people with developmental disabilities
Encourage self-expression, communication bypassing the verbal requirements
Calming the mind and reducing stress
Using creative tools are modified to accommodate various fine motor skill challenges
Decreasing feelings of helplessness
Decreasing feelings of hopelessness
Relaxation for people with chronic pain
Improving motor function, facilitating cognitive retraining for people with brain injuries