Colour helping kids be calm and happy
TEACHING HEALTHY WAYS TO HANDLE EMOTIONS
A CREATIVE crew of youngsters have used colour to increase their confidence at the Armadale Community Family Centre in Seville Grove.
The free Colour Me Happy program, for children aged seven to 11, was facilitated by child and youth counsellor Anna Amhrose, who used art therapy, drumming and games to help the children learn healthy ways of handling their emotions.
Ms Amhrose said the program helped children to develop self-regulation skills and emotional resilience.
“It’s so important. When they can name their feelings, that’s the first step to taking control of their feelings.
“It’s also important for mental health in the short term and long term,” she said.
“One of the things I’ve noticed in this group is growing connections and making friendships.
“Some of the children might have some challenges in making friends at school, but they’ve had a lot of success here, so it’s been a real boost for their self-esteem.”
The counsellor said art therapy was a fantastic way for kids to express themselves in another way.
“I’ve kept it simple in terms of what we’ve done here, so children can also do it outside of the group at home,” she said.
“It’s good for the brain because it helps children move in to that calm, happy space.”
Counsellor Anna Amhrose with Colour Me Happy children at their certificate presentation.