For a child with limited language skills, opening up about their feelings can be almost impossible.
That’s where art therapy comes in. It uses activities, such as painting, to help children understand and discuss thoughts they may find distressing.
Mary-Rose Brady, director of operations at the British Association of Art Therapists explains:
“Art materials enable children to externalise troubling or confusing emotions, giving them form and enabling them to make links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, perhaps for the first time.”