Monday, August 17, 2009

8/17/09 Art Therapy Techniques

Gold Medals for Neighbors
Population: Geriatric
Task: The theme of the month is still "The Thrill of Victory", so what is more exciting than winning a gold medal? For this technique you will need ribbon, card board circles (about the size of a large gold medal), markers, paint, glitter, Elmer's glue and hot glue.
With the geriatric population I have discovered that it is best to ask a question to the group and encourage thinking of numerous responses to the question in order to get the brain moving first. In this case, ask the group what are some positive compliments people like to hear. Then, ask everyone in the group to look at their neighbor on the right and come up with a nice compliment for that person. Next, each person gets a card board "medal" to decorate using the idea of that compliment. Once the medal has been completed each person can present the medal to their neighbor and tell what the medal is for. Discuss with the group how it feels to get a nice compliment.

What art therapy techniques did you do this week?

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