Concepts of Art and Play Therapy with Children Using Diverse Communication

Presenter: Sarah Valeri, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Sarah Valeri has ten years experience working with children with developmental delays and sensory impairments, as well as with children with histories of severe trauma. This work has inspired a strong respect for the use of more bodily and sensory focused communication. As a current candidate in the IPTAR Children’s and Adolescent Program she combines psycho-dynamic theories within the practical aspects of communicating with children through a wide range of developmental levels. She is also an exhibiting artist.

Lecture learning outcome objectives:

Participants will gain an introductory understanding of the work of Dr Jan Van Dijk, an expert in support of children who are deaf and blind.

Participants will consider the benefit of shared sensory and play experiences as foundation for understanding and relating with children with developmental delays in an art therapy setting, and consider its impact on their own professional settings.

Participants will comprehend the need for shared sensory experiences when working with children who are pre-symbiotic thinkers in order to establish communication, according to art therapy case examples and research by Dr Van Dijk.