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Studies have found Art as therapy is a very helpful way of dealing with emotions

Children with a brain tumour have emotional needs that need just as much attention as their physical needs. These children experience fear, anger, anxiety, depression and other feelings associated with a serious illnesses. Some studies have found Art as therapy is a very helpful way of dealing with these feelings.

One of the main differences between art therapy and other ways of communication is that most other forms rely on the use of spoken words as a means of communication. Children with brain tumours often experience some difficulty with speech and language. Childhood with cancer often talk about others not understanding what it is like to be them. Whilst adults with cancer receive empathy for their illness, children tell us that they feel judged for all the things they can’t do. 

Our art project will provide children with opportunities for self expression and socialisation and we will focus special effort on reaching the most vulnerable.It has long been believed that Art as therapy is incredibly beneficial to children suffering with neurological conditions; an expressive therapy that uses a child’s creative process to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being.Often it is used by a child as refuge or escapism but also as way of articulating their feelings.

We plan to collaborate with young professionals artists to create art pieces that tell stories and face critical issues faced by children with cancer. Themes include Hope, Trust, Anxiety, Identity, Body Image, Cancer Treatments.

Many of the children we have helped since starting Joss Searchlight have found art to be a great escape from what can be a very life limiting condition. We hope that the most vulnerable children, especially those who find putting their feelings into words will feel able to express their feelings through art.

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