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Art Therapy Aids in Children’s Brain Development

Art making is a creative and natural process which can also be a powerful therapeutic modality for youth of all ages. According to Jodi Gonzales, founder of the Salus Institute, LLC, art therapy supports a child’s brain development while addressing common family stressors.

Art therapy can help children learn to identify, express and appropriately communicate their emotions; stimulate alpha waves, associated with decreased anxiety and stress; and can stimulate the brain’s production of dopamine, associated with feelings of pleasure. 

Creative processes stimulate gamma rays, involved in whole-brain processing and problem solving.

The therapy offers the opportunity for children to be heard and understood through the sharing and discussion of images, supporting brain development while improving self-esteem, communication and family bonding. Art therapists use materials strategically to help children learn impulse control, take safe risks and develop responsibility associated with cleaning up and completing tasks.

The Salus Institute, LLC offers a range of services and educational programs from an integrated wellness perspective. For more information, call
520-447-2892, email [email protected] or visit

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