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L'art-thérapie est une forme de thérapie par l'expression qui utilise des activités créatives telles que le dessin, la peinture ou la sculpture pour améliorer le bien-être physique, mental et émotionnel des patients. L'art-thérapie est souvent utilisée pour réduire le stress ou l'anxiété, explorer des sentiments complexes, gérer les effets secondaires et améliorer la qualité de vie des patients.
It can be hard for children to communicate their thoughts and emotions. Art therapy can provide a way for children to express themselves. Children are naturally creative, and painting a picture may be easier than talking about complex or scary topics. Creating artwork may also increase a child’s sense of control at a time when so much is out of control.
Art therapy may help children process struggles or find a positive way to look at their situations. For example, drawing a picture of oneself as a superhero fighting cancer may help a child feel a sense of strength and empowerment.
Art therapy may allow cancer patients to understand fears, insecurities, or stress. For example, a child may draw a picture of playing with friends, which the art therapist may use as a starting point to discuss feelings of loneliness.
Art therapy is facilitated by a professional art therapist. Providers who specialize in art therapy have training in art, child development, and psychology. An art therapist provides a safe, creative environment for children and teens to express themselves in group or one-on-one settings. An art therapist may recommend specific techniques such as painting or sculpting, or the therapist may allow patients to choose the method that they would like to use. Art therapists are trained to recognize symbols and metaphors often expressed through the creative process. Art therapy can improve communication and connections among family members by providing a shared activity. In some cases, families may use art therapy activities to make memories and keepsakes during end-of-life care.
Art therapy is a child-friendly complementary therapy that can be an important component of care in childhood cancer.
For more information on the professional practice of art therapy, visit the American Art Therapy Association.
Révision : juin 2018