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Art Heals.

Children often find it difficult to put their feelings into words. But give them a crayon, some markers, an instrument or clay, and a new world opens to them.

Longstanding community generosity makes Expressive Arts possible. 

Expressive Arts Oil Paints

At Tanager Place, Expressive Arts is an important part of treatment. Together with trained art and music therapists, children enrolled in the Expressive Arts program work to unlock emotions, memories and experiences through visual arts, music or creative writing. This interactive process helps children struggling with complicated emotions communicate through artistic expression.

The Tanager Place Expressive Arts Program is one-of-a kind and is solely dependent on the community’s support.

Art Therapy

Through Art Therapy, children use their creativity to heal. Art Therapy offers children a way to express themselves when feelings and conflicts are too difficult to talk about. This approach is especially therapeutic for children who have experienced:

  • Traumatic events
  • Grief and/or loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional problems
  • Abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental health problems
  • Health issues of loved ones

Meet Bridget, our Art Therapist.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that helps children improve their physical, cognitive and social skills. It provides emotionally challenged children with insight into feelings and conflicts too threatening to face directly. Through music therapy, children use the power of the creative process to communicate, cope and heal.

Music Therapy can benefit children with a variety of needs including:

  • Mental illness
  • Depression
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Emotional disorders
  • Autism
  • Sensory impairments
  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cognitive impairments

Meet Amber, our Music Therapist.