Children and teenagers diagnosed with emotional and behaviour problems can be helped trough the use of art and creativity.
Depressions has been named the disease of the century, among modern aged children and teenagers. More and more kids, get classified as depressive or dealing with social anxieties.
Schools in the UK, have put in practice a therapy programme called The Art Room, through which kids with psychological deficits can work on their problems.
Since its start, in 2002, over 10,000 children have been trough the Art Room therapy. A psychology study, found that the children in the art programme, have shown improved behaviour, increased self esteem levels and were less depressed. Basically the programme supports children and allows them to use their creativity and boost their self esteem. This proved to work great on young students who had difficulty fitting in.
The Art Room has programmes that combine social skills, with education and therapy. The teachers have been specially trained to practice the unique methodology of the programme. Its purpose is to help children and teenagers have a new view on education.
For the study, researchers analysed the surveys of 169 students from the art programme and also their teachers, before and after the school year of 2012-2013. Along that year, over 1,000 kids from 13 different schools subscribed for the programme.
The responses of the teachers showed serious improvements in their students. There was a decrease of 37% in a field called Total Difficulties, emotional problems proved to be lower with 41%, behavioural issues dropped with 15%, hyperactivity with 33%, 41% of the students fixed their classmates issues and 24% improved they social skills. Before entering the programme, 22% of the students had been diagnosed with depression. At the end of the course the statistics dropped under 4%.
The Art Room is not available in the U.S., but there are similar activities in schools which work on the emotional and social of the children, said professor of Marital and Family Therapy, Debra Linesch.
But The Art Rom experts, have some knowledge to share with parents as well. Parents are advised to try and duplicate the energy and good vibes developed in The Art Room and support their children at home, in the same way, by creating a positive environment that helps kids express more easily.
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