Teapot Trust’s roots are in supporting children and young people living with Rheumatic conditions such as 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 they face.

Understanding these highs and lows puts into perspective art therapy's role 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.