The power of the arts in literacy

Children are frequently unable to verbally express their anxieties directly. The arts provides the vehicle for children to find a safe, creative, non-verbal avenue for conveying concerns and trauma.

 The creation of images and play-acting are known, not only to be of direct therapeutic value, but enable adults to have a window on a child’s world. Incidents of child abuse are often manifesting in the drawings children create, in the stories they tell and the fantasies they act out.

Through stories sounds and rhymes, children are encouraged to express themselves by drawing, painting singing, movement and discussion. They will find ways of dealing with problems and challenges through hearing stories about others who faced and overcame similar challenges.