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Re: [teacherartexchange] Art therapy question

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From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 14:36:27 PST


Dear Carol,
    An idea came to me that you can contact a children's hospital for ideas.
Many hospitals have trained art therapy staff that can help you with ways to
provide relevant projects for your students. Ronald McDonald House is
another source.

                    Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus

> Carol K. wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>>
>> I just received devastating news that one of my 4th grade students took
>> his life (possibly by accident). I'm so stunned. It just breaks my
>> heart and I can't imagine how his classmates will take the news. I
>> teach at several schools and when I come to this school on Tuesday the
>> students will already know.
>> My question is this - I do not have a background in art therapy but I
>> am wondering if I should postpone the project we have been working on
>> so that we could do something that might be a little more therapeutic
>> for them (without necessarily telling them that that's why we are
>> postponing it). Perhaps some free drawing or clay meditation.... Or
>> maybe just sticking to the planned project would be good for their
>> sense of stability.
>> Any thoughts?
>>
>> -Carol

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