Art Therapy - for Individuals with Special Needs at Fine Arts

Art Therapy scholarships are available thanks to a generous donation from the Western Reserve Junior Service League.  Click on the links for scholarship guidelines and the scholarship application.

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Art Therapy Faculty:
Diane Fleisch-Hughes, MA. A.T., PC
Janeane M. Grisez, MA, LPC, LIDC, GAMB, OCPS I, ICADC, ICCS, ICPS


Art Therapy..."the therapeutic use of art making," used to promote physical, social and emotional health and well being.

Everyone... can make art. In Art Therapy, ANY person can be successful, regardless of their ability. No prior arts experience is required.

Benefits... of Art Therapy may include improvements in fine motor skills, participation, attention span, social skills, turn-taking, quality of life, creative expression and self-awareness.

Assessment... is required for new clients. During the one-hour assessment session, the potential client is exposed to a variety of art mediums in which the art therapist makes observations regarding behavior, motor skills, cognitive skills, language/communication skills and interest. Immediately following the assessment session, the art therapist discusses potential goals in Art Therapy with parents/caregivers and makes a recommendation for inclusion into the program. To schedule an assessment session, call The Fine Arts Association Department of Education at 440-951-7500 x118.

Collaboration... is key! The Art Therapist (ATR) works closely with parents and caregivers to develop goals based on the individual' s physical, behavioral, social, emotional, cognitive, language and communication needs.

Sessions... take place once a week for 45-60 minutes where the art therapist works with an individual or group to participate in art-making experiences. Sessions provide a balance of art-making, talking and processing. Each session is unique and driven by the unique goal(s) of the client(s). Art Therapy sessions may take place onsite at The Fine Arts Association (38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby) or at an offsite location.

Art making sessions may include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Creative Sculpture

Fees... for assessments, adapted art lessons, individual and group Art Therapy sessions can be obtained by contacting The Fine Arts Association Customer Service Center at 440-951-7500. Scholarships are available through the United Way of Lake County for those families who qualify. Please contact Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Director of Education at 440-951-7500 x118 for a scholarship application or for offsite Art Therapy services and rates.

For information on Art Therapy services or to schedule an assessment, please contact the Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Director of Education at (440) 951-7500 x118.

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