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Art Therapy for Youth Ages 5-12

  • Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism 356 East Merchant Street Kankakee, IL, 60901 United States (map)

What Is Art Therapy

“Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active artmaking, creating process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. It is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change”. –American Art Therapy Association

Art Therapy and Autism

• Individuals with autism tend to be visual learners.

• Art therapy provides a way to communicate and work through conflict.

• Art therapy groups can support individuals on all ends of the spectrum.

• Benefits to art therapy include improvement of sensory integration, self-esteem, independence, and social skills.

• Groups provide space for students to work together as well as share an art space and materials

This series of Art Therapy Sessions are for September through November

This series of Art Therapy Sessions are for September through November

What to expect

Please join us! If you or your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or a Sensory Processing Disorder, consider joining our upcoming art therapy groups!

• Art Therapy groups meets the first Saturday of the month.

• Groups are structured to include introduction to the art activity, art making, and time to share and discuss the process and products.

• Time to debrief with parents after the groups to keep them in the loop about their child’s progress and experience.

• Art directives that accommodate students on all ends of the Autism spectrum

The groups will meet on the first Saturday of the month. For more information or interest in signing up please contact the current art therapist, Lindsay Hathaway, LPC at or the gallery director, Janice Miller. We look forward to seeing you!

Program Cost

Cost for the program is $10 per month or $25 for 3 months of Art Therapy starting in September

  1. Download the application Click Here and return by mail or drop off at the Gallery.

  2. Make payment by clicking the “RESERVE ART THERAPY SEAT” button below.

Reserve Art Therapy Seat
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