with young children has inevitably presented inherent
challenges. Children very often lack the cognitive
understanding of why they feel 'bad' or 'all wrong' and
then the linguistic ability, or the emotional literacy
to be able to express how that is.
how do we explore this in a safe, non threatening way
for the child?
the framework of Holistic Educational Therapy, a number
of approaches are explored, which include a process of
art therapy known as the 'Pattern'. This looks at
defining a child's individual learning personality
profile and is very helpful in looking at how to design
learning tasks and projects for the individual child to
manage, in their own personality style.
The way in which an individual goes about completing the pattern and
the colours that they choose can give an
interpretation into their respective learning
a psychotherapeutic tool, adapted to form the story of
'Willow and his helpers'. This is a safe and fun, one
step removed approach to identifying and working with
the underlying issues, factors, traumas and perceptions
that can underpin behavioural triggers.
A picture produced by a child having gone through the 'Willow and his
helpers' story. The picture can be interpreted
from what the child has seen in the picture and
coloured in and the colours used and the comments
made at the time. This process gives insight into
the child's perceptions of what is predominant in
his / her life at that time.