According to the National Institute of Mental Health, emerging data from the pandemic suggest that many children are experiencing an increase in stress and other mental health concerns, including symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-harming and eating disorders. Airmid has expanded our ability to support more children with three play therapy rooms dedicated to traditional play therapy with sand tray, puppets and art movement.
Sand Tray Therapy is a form of Play Therapy where children are encouraged to explore their life events that may be affecting their present situation and creating difficulties. As researcher and author Garry Landreth explains the play therapy experience, “Toys are like the child’s words, and play is the child’s language.” Learn More about Play Therapy>>>
The fourth room in our Play Therapy Center is committed to SMART Moves. SMART stands for Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment, an innovative mental health therapy for children and adolescents.
Our SMART Moves Program provides the opportunity for the child to practice making better choices, ways to self-regulate and to co-regulate with a parent or caregiver. Through movement and sensory experiences, the child is able to find balance for their system and then to process their concerns, struggles and traumas.
Our SMART Moves Program also facilitates attachment-building between the child and caregiver and builds strategies and self and other-regulation toolboxes that can be easily built into the daily routine at home to further support the healing process. SMART Moves has been listed as an Evidence Based Practice with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
SMART is designed for children and adolescents who have experienced complex stress and traumatic exposures including…. Read More about SMART MOVES>>>
- Take a piece of blank printer paper and fold it lengthwise.
- Unfold the paper and cut along the folded crease.
- Fold the corners on the short side in toward each other and staple them so the ends come to a point.
- On the front side you can draw or color the face you like (i.e. pig, cat, dog, simile face, man with a mustache, or maybe a rainbow or butterfly).
- Then take two rubber bands and staple them on the back of each end point and wrap the rubber bands around your ears and have a family parade of animals and take a family photo shoot.
MAKE A MONSTER Instructions:
- Take a sheet of printer paper or construction paper and fold it into thirds.
- One person draws a head on the top third with lines from neck slightly crossing over onto the second third.
- Pass the paper to the next person – folded so they can only see the second third of the paper.
- Then draw a middle section of the monster (without knowing what the head looks like!).
- Then fold the paper so only the last third shows.
- Then pass it to the next person and that person draws the bottom portion of the monster.
- Once it is completed open it up for everyone to see and enjoy!
Alternatively, each family member can draw a part of the monster on a single sheet of paper. Once everyone has completed their drawing, the separate parts can be taped or stapled together. What kind of monster did you create? Give your monster a name and identify what sound it would make or how it would move. Have fun with your new monster! TEXTURE SKETCH Instructions:
- Choose any size of paper you would like, whether it be a large poster size or computer size paper.
- Then place your paper on items with textures inside of your house or outside in the yard (for example, tree trunks, leaves, textured seating, a lamp base, the top of a lid, or a rough stone).
- With a crayon or pencil lightly color in back and forth strokes on the paper and watch the textures appear.
- Create a collage of textures on your paper and fit as many as you can.
- Challenge your family to take their own paper and crayon and find as many textures as they can. When you all come back together share them and talk about which textures you found and how you created your design.
Enjoy doing your art and Wabi Sabi to you!!