Individual Internal Assets
Individual internal assets are positive internal factors that help the individual to prevent or recover from the negative effects of adversity. These assets include self-esteem, intellect, coping skills, and competence.
To strengthen positive internal factors, our programs focus on improving:
verbal and non-verbal expression of emotions and concerns to promote emotional and behavioral regulation;
communication on different levels to improve understanding and relationships;
growth and development.
Internal assets can be strengthened by making art and play.
Expression happens through the process and the products of art-making and play-creating.
Selection of materials
Materials convey personal meanings and provide different therapeutic effects.
Visual form of feelings
Expressions of feelings and mental images which are hard to describe in language alone. Senses such as vision, smell, sound, and touch can be represented by different materials.
Non-verbal expression is beneficial for everyone, especially children and adults, people who have been through traumatic events, and people who have communication challenges.
Symbolic representations of expressions
Non-verbal approaches are less intrusive methods for people to express themselves, and gain feelings of mastery. This process allows people to express without verbalizing their life events and feelings directly.
The making of art and play offer people opportunities to reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and feelings, which helps to increase insight and resolve conflicts.
The telling of the stories behind the artwork/play, and the visual representations of inner worlds enable people to understand each other more deeply and help to develop emotional supports and relationships.
The verbal and non-verbal interactions and attending to other people’s needs help to develop secure attachments, especially for parents and children.
Diverse sensory stimulation is ideal for children to learn and explore their environment, for the elderly and people with physical injuries to maintain and restore functions, and for people with ASD to improve sensory experiences.
Art and Play help promote abilities in 4 aspects of human growth and development: Physical, social, cognitive and emotional.
Developmental Benefits of Art and Play
Aspects of human growth and development
Details of each aspect of development
Examples of how art and play help promote abilities
Growth of fine motor skills; large and small muscle development; eye-hand coordination.
Using crayons, markers, paintbrushes, and safety scissors; folding paper;
picking up objects; playing with clay, etc.
Developing relationships; attaining critical social skills;
Sharing art materials and artwork; interacting with others.
Attending, perceiving, observing, remembering, imagining, thinking, solving problems and growth of intelligence and language.
Learning through imitation, manipulation and play; making art and talking about it; taking in visual information; sensory stimulation; developing observational skills.
Feelings, impulses, physical and physiological reactions.
Representing experiences and feelings through art and play; sharing, getting feedback and support.