Art Therapy and Counseling
Open up a Conversation
How can simple wood blocks stimulate conversation?
Since people of any age already know how to stack things, no instruction is needed. People start creating and quickly become engrossed in their evolving project. As the sculpture grows, it becomes a non threatening focal point of conversation. The discussion about the project creates a bridge to meaningul conversation about other parts of life.
What’s the secret?
By using a single unit (every plank is the same size and shape) the artist’s mind is uncluttered by a myriad of choices; projects tend to flow and evolve. Many structures include repeating patterns that make it easy to work together as a creative team. Cooperation often happens naturally. As you build together, you talk together - eventually moving to significant communication.
Defy Age Limits
Another benefit of KEVA planks is their appeal to people of all ages and all skill levels. Toddlers, teens, and architects and grandparents use them. Gifted children, special needs, and autistic children use them. Artists and engineers use them and even people who claim they do not have a single creative bone in their body. KEVA planks change everything. KEVA planks even make therapy sessions more fun for the therapist.
Extremely Helpful During Therapeutic Sessions
"I need to thank you for the set of KEVA planks you gave me to try out with our Service Members. They have been extremely helpful during therapeutic sessions, particularly in building rapport (nice pun) and with those who are working on dexterity, as well as the occasional Service Members who are resistant to the art initially. I have some pretty incredible photos of the things the Service Members have built. I even had to set up a special session with a Service Member that involved a ladder and a hard-headed goal of reaching the NICoE ceiling. Haha.
Anyway, I definitely plan on ordering one of your big bins of planks and thank you for your attendance at AATA and recognizing that KEVA Planks may be a beneficial modality for this population.
Hope you are well and I would love to be in touch.
M. Walker, MA, ATR
Art Therapist/Healing Arts Program Coordinator