Most times art therapy is not available in private, public or other special needs schools. However, at Julie Billiart Schools all students participate at least weekly, and sometimes more often, in some sort of creative activity whether it’s art therapy, art class or weekly art club meetings.
Art therapy can take place in a group setting or individually, depending on the child’s needs. Sessions are conducted in a variety of environments including designated art spaces, the classroom, and even outdoors. Like all the onsite therapies at Julie Billiart Schools, there is no additional charge to families for the sessions and they are scheduled according to the student’s needs and progress.
Using a variety of creative tools and visual art mediums including painting, drawing, and ceramics, students are encouraged to think differently, explore new concepts and push their sensory boundaries in healthy ways.
“Encouraging our students to try something new is often my biggest goal,” said Diane Hughes, Julie Billiart Schools Art Therapist. “Often times children are limited by what they THINK they can and cannot do. By introducing new materials or processes to the students, they are challenged to increase their creative spirits and self-esteem by opening themselves to new experiences.”