Creativity and Speech: Art Therapy to Improve Communication Skills of Children

We often talk here about the importance of art and its undoubted influence on the emotional background and harmonious way of life. But what if we tell you today how effectively different types of creative activities can solve the speech difficulties of children of various ages?

At bilingual speech therapists help children with difficulties in comprehension and pronunciation every day. And many of the methods they use in their work have an art component. This is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to help children improve their communication.

How Does ART Therapy Work?

Art therapy is much different from other more formal and complex types of psychotherapy. It’s not about mindfulness and analysis, but more about the unconscious and self-acceptance. This is why it works so effectively with children, even the youngest. By implementing art therapy techniques, teachers, speech therapists, and child psychologists can allow children to open up in the safest and most non-judgmental environment possible.

Besides being one of the best tools for developing fine motor skills for toddlers, hand drawing and modeling are the best ways to get information about the child’s current state. More often than not, it is the inner clamps that become the communication barrier.

Types of art Therapy for Helping Children with Speech Difficulties

It cannot be said that art therapy is only drawing. In their work, speech therapists of the Govorika International Center use several types of psychological art practices:

  • Visual Arts Therapy

This can be anything related to design art. Painting, sculpting, collages, modeling. This is where fine motor skills are engaged, awakening the brain’s speaking centers, imagination, and creativity to stimulate descriptive skills.

  • Music Therapy 

Anything we can relate to sounds. Hearing skill development and sound imitation become the first steps to learning different forms of pronunciation.

  • KinesioTherapy

A movement that has no rules or structures. It is not just dance, it is as much about creativity and self-discovery for the young participants, who can learn not only to feel rhythm and balance but also to develop coordination, which also affects speech skills.

Kindergarten aged children in art class.
Kindergarten aged children in art class. Courtesy Deposit Photos.

The Best Tools for Creativity in Art Therapy

Of course, art processes do not work without the right instruments. We’ve long since gotten used to the traditional pencils, paints, and plasticine. But what if we told you that with Generation Z and Alpha children, speech therapists have already learned to work with new tools? 3D pens, graphic tablets, LEGO constructors, polymer materials – all these are new tools that are more interesting for modern kids. And they can also be involved, because projective thinking, which evolves a child working with volumes and digital layouts, has no less effect on brain growth than the usual things. 

The main thing is not to be afraid to experiment and set the child on a wave of acceptance and harmony. Only in such conditions, it will be possible to create an art space where children can not only get a new experience of creativity but also develop communication skills.

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