As my followers know, I do art to make side money, but really I use art as another mode of communication. Art for anyone is used for communicating things that cannot be conveyed though words, so we as artists find another mode of communicating our thoughts. I like to use art with my younger mentees as they are able to express themselves freely by creating art, and I am also able to discover where the child is on a cognitive level. As professionals, we can sometimes get to know our clients on a deeper level if we can incorporate what they enjoy doing into our sessions.
As speech-language pathologists and mentors, if we think outside of the box we are able get more progress from the clients. You donâ€™t have to use art, you can use anything you are into doing in your personal life. As long as you are authentic, the clients are going to open up. Once I have the client opening up I am able to get them to talk with the communication device, which tells us what level he or she is at cognitively. The child will want to converse with you because they will be into the activity you are doing with them, which also teaches the individual that communication can help them engage in what they enjoy doing.
I work with the speech-language pathologist and the client to create a nice and playful environment to help the clients to feel at ease. At least
for the mentees I work with, playing with them helps me to get them to communicate more effectively than if I give them exercises for practicing their communication device. If you can get creative with your approach in treating people, you will get more progress in a shorter time with the client and it will also be enjoyable for you also. If we can remember to treat the clients as people first and bring what you like doing into the sessions you will be able to go farther with your clients.
Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children