“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” Eileen Miller, The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures: Autism Through Art
In recent years, art therapy has gained traction and recognition as a viable therapeutic modality for the neuro-diverse population, especially for children and adolescents. Common neurodiverse conditions observed in schools include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and global developmental delay. Often non-verbal or pre-verbal, neuro-diverse children and adolescents often feel frustrated and helpless when they fail to express their thoughts and emotions in various social contexts, for example in school or at home. Thus it is important for caregivers and teachers to learn ways to engage neurodiverse children and adolescents through therapeutic art so that they can allow for an alternative and non-verbal form of emotional expression and regulation, thus alleviating the symptoms of neurodiversity over time.
This training will introduce therapeutic art strategies to engage neurodiverse children and adolescents in the classroom or at home, so as to help alleviate their symptoms and enable emotional expression and regulation.
Areas covered include:
- Understanding neurodiversity in children and adolescents
- How therapeutic art making meet the needs of neurodiverse children and adolescents
- Practical ways of engaging neurodiverse children and adolescents through art making.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Recognize signs of neurodiversity in children and adolescents
- Understand the benefits of relating with neurodiverse children and adolescents through art-making
- Recognize different types of visual vocabulary in neurodiverse children and adolescents
- Understand how different art materials help with expression and regulation for the neurodiverse population
- Understand how mess-making and playing with art materials help with expression and regulation for the neurodiverse population
Who Can Benefit?
This course is suitable for anyone working with children and adolescents with behavioral concerns and/or anyone working with neurodiverse children and adolescents. It will be of interest to teachers, educators, allied educators, teaching assistants / aides, youth workers, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, parents / caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral concerns and parents / caregivers of neurodiverse children and adolescents.
No prior art-making experience is required.
What to Prepare for the Course?
This course comprises both theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on art-making components.
Art material will be provided for the workshop.
- Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and course fees must be paid prior to closing date to reserve a place.
- Payment of fees is not a guarantee for the event to be staged as planned. Should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be made to all registered participants and no other claims are allowed. The organizer disclaims responsibility should any change in the event occur for any reason.
- Participants to the course are not allowed to split registration for different persons.
- For 1 full day seminar, only one set of meal entitlement per day shall be given to the registered participants. For half day seminar, only coffee and tea will be provided.
- Food served will be “no pork and no lard”.
- No refund of fees for participant cancellations including medical leave but substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences.
- Registration will be taken as confirmed upon receipt of payment or issuance of invoice. Any cancellation will not be allowed. However, substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received by due date, before attendance of training.
- All information provided in this form is accurate up to the closing date of normal registration.
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Fri, 09 June 2023
Singapore Management University
81 Victoria St,
Eliza Han is an experience educator and accredited Art Therapist with a Masters in Education (MEd) from the University of Hong Kong and Masters in Arts for Art Therapy (MAAT) from LASALLE College for the Arts. She had 20 years of experience in education and was Vice-Principal in a local primary school prior to her MAAT training. She has since worked with neuro-diverse children and adolescents, together with children and adolescents with mood and behavioural concerns from the age of 7 to 16 in mainstream schools in Singapore. Apart from individual therapy, Eliza is experienced in group therapy, art experiential workshop, mental wellbeing workshops and therapeutic art coaching. Eliza is a Professional Member of The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and the Founding Partner of The Heart Therapy Space LLP.