How Can Art Classes Help Children with ADHD?

Art helps to express emotions– anxiety, sadness, or anger – that children find difficult to put into words. Creating art helps children communicate their thoughts easily through drawings, paintings, or sculptures. The process of creation often reveals kids‘ problems with concentration, focus, motor control, memory, emotional issues, organization, time management, and decision-making.

Different art forms are often used as an alternative therapy for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The symptoms of ADHD are categorized into 2 types of behavioral problems:

  • inattentiveness
  • hyperactivity
  • impulsiveness

There are children who present symptoms that fall into both categories, but this is not always the case. Some of them may have problems with inattentiveness, without being hyperactive or impulsive.

Children's ADHD Symptoms

Most symptoms of ADHD in children are usually noticeable before the age of 6. These well-defined symptoms can occur at home and at school.

Signs of inattentiveness:

  • short attention span
  • being easily distracted
  • making careless mistakes
  • forgetfulness
  • unable to carry out instructions
  • unable to stick to time-consuming tasks
  • changing activity or task constantly
  • difficulty in organizing tasks

Signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness:

  • unable to sit still
  • unable to focus on tasks
  • excessive talking and physical movement
  • unable to wait their turn, interrupting conversations
  • acting without thinking
  • little or no sense of danger

All these symptoms often cause serious problems for kids. Problems such as underachievement at school, problems with discipline, poor social interaction will affect these children’s everyday life.

How Can We Help?

During our art classes, kids with ADHD will learn how to work on well-structured projects. This process can help them to understand and control their feelings, resolve their conflicts, and develop social skills. We use art techniques and projects to help kids develop various skills and encourage them to express emotions through their artwork.

Our art projects will help children with ADHD to:

  • develop mental flexibility,
  • build problem-solving skills
  • learn to communicate better
  • enhance social interaction
  • improve their emotional well-being
  • express their emotions

We offer one on one personalized instruction to each of our young students. In our studio, we created a supportive environment for positive social interactions such as sharing space, making suggestions, tips, compliments.

We know how difficult is for these children struggling with the symptoms of their condition, so we focus on their work and effort rather than the outcome. Our primary goal is to help them learn to work with focus, concentration, and joy.

With simple projects, we help children with ADHD release excess energy and enter a focused, creative state. Our art projects for kids comprise a series of easy steps, including the preparation and cleaning of their tools and materials.

We also focus on helping children to open up about their artworks asking them questions:

  • Is there a story that goes along with your painting?
  • What is the title of your drawing?
  • What was the toughest part of painting this picture?

We also encourage them through comments like:

  • I really like how you followed the steps of your project.
  • It’s awesome that you stayed focused for such a long time.

We know that for kids, one of the most important things during our art classes is to have fun. It doesn’t matter if their project doesn’t work out perfectly it’s an opportunity for them to play, relax, learn and heal.