Colour help­ing kids be calm and happy


Comment News (Armadale) - - Street Watch -

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.

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