Teapot Trust supports children and young people living with chronic illness – 75% have Rheumatic conditions such as Lupus, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). The graphic, below, from the report, Being on the Juvenile Dermatomyositis Rollercoaster: a Qualitative Study by Polly Livermore et al, highlights the issues that children face.

Understanding these highs and lows puts into perspective the role that art therapy plays in building resilience. Teapot Trust art therapists use a child-centred, psychosocial model of care. This seeks to treat the whole person, not just the disease or diagnosis, and recognises art therapists as an integral part of the medical team in which they work. You can learn more about the different types of art therapy Teapot Trust provides here.