Teapot Trust specialises in working with children and young people with chronic conditions, and 75% of our services are for young Rheumatology patients and are suffering with 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 work towards a child-centred, psychosocial model of care. This model of care 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.