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Art therapy for children; Counseling in elementary education;


People tend to be less guarded about expressing themselves through drawings than through speech. Therefore, drawings can offer glimpses into the ways individuals see themselves and their worlds (Silver, 1988). Children are attracted to art materials as spontaneously as they play with food on their plates or create monuments in backyard mud. Because making and marking are so very natural and appealing to children, the use of art media is a valuable avenue for expression when counseling the young (Rubin, 1988) . Art therapy can be used in dealing with normal developmental problems and can promote identity building. Through art therapy, the counselor can focus on building client/student strengths by implementing art activities (Congdon, 1990). In this manner, art is used as a point of departure for free association, discussion, and eventual interpretation and insight (Rubin, 1988). Art therapy can aid students in expressing their emotions in such a way that the effect may help them understand their problems in a different 2 manner. It can be an important tool particularly for those clients who have a difficult time expressing their feelings verbally.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Richard Strub


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