Art Therapy for Movement Disorders
Through the art making experience and therapeutic relationship, individuals express and examine feelings, learn about cause and effect relationships, improve problem-solving patterns, promote social skills, develop responsibility and independence, cope with symptoms, and enhance self-esteem.
How is art making beneficial?
When involved in a group setting, participation reduces feelings of isolation, stimulates connections with others and provides opportunities to be part of a larger community. Sometimes emotions that are unknown, uncomfortable, or too difficult to share verbally can be communicated through images, colors and shapes.
What are some examples of goals?
Everyone approaches art therapy differently, based on life experiences and familiarity with art materials. Previous skill or knowledge of art is never necessary. The whole person is the focus of treatment, but each person will have a preference for working on areas that create the most concern for their daily functioning and well-being. These might include changing family and social relationships, new perspectives of independence and self confidence, communication challenges and changes in general coping skills.
What does an art therapy session look like?
Every session is unique, but individuals will be offered a variety of art materials. Following some instruction, if needed, they will have the opportunity to explore with them. The art therapist will provide assistance, encourage reflection or simply allow the creative process to unfold.
Benefits for People with Movement Disorders:
- Provides the opportunity to make choices and decisions to regain control (empowering)
- Creates connections internally and externally to those that are going through similar difficulties, reducing isolation
- Increases self-esteem, self-worth, self-love
- Provides a safe space for individuals to express what cannot be expressed with words (grief, anger, depression, etc.)
- Connects the left and right sides of the brain, leading to healing and growth
- Excellent tool for pain management
- Provides an opportunity for an individual to exercise his/her hands and eyes; improving hand-eye coordination and stimulating neurological pathways from the brain to the hands.
- Stress reduction and relaxation.
Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
1 to 3 p.m.
Rush-Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
No registration required for this free program. Call 630-499-6619 for more information.