Childhood is the most critical time for building the physical, mental and emotional foundations that will support us for the rest of our lives. Several studies support the theory that music and languages can have very positive effects on child development by building language, intellectual and social-emotional skills, and jump starting certain inherent patterns in parts of the brain responsible for spatial-temporal reasoning. In addition to improving creativity and teaching the value of community, music can support bonding between a parent and their child, and it cultivates many other skills such as concentration, relaxation, coordination, gross and fine motor skills, patience, self-confidence, self-expression and communication, performance skills...etc.
Toddlers and preschool children take a real interest in music activities, especially when music is combined with games that require body movement, such as clapping, waving, jumping and dancing.
Stress is costly:
Although experiencing stress is normal for any teacher or student, those who are experiencing prolonged stress with the feeling of discontentment might suffer from burnout. This in turn causes an increase in levels of staff turn over and a decrease in quality of care. This type of environment can potentially negatively affect children’s learning and well-being, and chronic staff dissatisfaction can become very costly for centers to manage. Therapeutic support can reduce these costs and enhance the quality of care provided by preschools. This support can be funded by grants or centers themselves. When a child is exhibiting developmental delays and/or other symptoms, ARTrelief can bill personal health insurances for services supporting a particular child. We accept most major health insurances.
Managing extreme behaviors
Extreme behaviors are stressful in the moment when they are happening, because they typically present risks for everyone who is involved or witnessing.
Extreme behaviors are stressful in the long run,
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Expressive Arts Therapy:
Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-arts approach to counseling. Using narration as well as non-verbal expression such as drawing, music, movement, drama, or poetry helps to articulate life experiences with authenticity, fullness, specificity, structure, beauty, meaning and playfulness. The playfulness and non-verbal qualities of this type of therapy particularly lend themselves well to children in early childhood, whose developmental stage implies exploration through verbal and non-verbal play. Expressive Arts Therapy is based on our ability to access and stimulate the imagination, by shifting from one art form to another. An Expressive Arts Therapist is trained to recognize what is the best modality for each person and each moment, to reach therapeutic goals. This concept of "intermodal transfer" (a term give to us by Paolo Knill, 1978) distinguishes Expressive Arts Therapy from neighboring disciplines such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy, Psychodrama...
In early childhood, Expressive Arts Therapy can support developmental maturation in many areas such as language, cognition, social-emotional and play skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, gross/fine motor skills, sensory processing, self-regulation and healthy work habits.
creative therapeutic support:
adaptive teaching for complex learners
1. Facilitating parent and teachers meetings
2. Providing parent/family therapy, parent guidance and child advocacy during transition to kindergarten
3. Supervising and coaching teachers weekly or on a case by case basis to help them learn tools and practice efficient ways to manage behaviors and support developmental needs in their classroom
4. Providing observations, written reports, diagnosis, and assessments
5. Providing 1/1 expressive arts therapy and behavioral support to children
6. Providing expressive arts therapy and social skills groups to children
7. Providing education about healthy development and what may be the underlying cause(s) for certain behaviors
8. Referring children to necessary medical and psychological testing
9. Providing resources in the community
10. Connecting preschools to ARTrelief’s volunteers and student interns
Areas of expertise