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Using creative Activities In care

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Introduction

Unit 9: Using creative Activities In care By Charlotte Raistrick. Firstly, I feel this quote "no special ability or disability required" (Something to draw on by Carol Ross) is the most effective concise statement to answer the above question. The advantages of using creative activities give self-explanation to why creative activities are used in care. These advantages are listed as follows; * Almost everyone has used art as a child, and can still do so if encouraged to forget about images having to be 'artistically or culturally correct'. * It can be used as means of pre-verbal or non-verbal communication. This can be important for those who do not have a good mastery of verbal communication, for whatever reason. It can be a vital tool in those peoples communication. * Pictures can act as a bridge between an Art Therapist and client, where the subject is too embarrassing to talk about or too disturbing to the client. This can therefore lead to help for the client. * It can be used as a means of self-exploration and self-expression. A picture is often a more precise description of feelings and depiction of experiences, which are 'hard to put into words'. Aids effective communication. * The process of 'doing art' can sometimes help people to become more aware of feeling previously hidden from them; this is partly due to its relaxing element and escapism quality. * Using art can sometimes help people to release feelings e.g. anger and aggression and can provide a safe and acceptable way of dealing with heightened emotions. * Not only feelings may be explored, but thoughts and ideas. Promoting independence and choice. * Using art requires active participation, which can help mobilise clients. In group settings in can equalize participation. * Using art can create an individual 'space' which individuals can explore themselves without pressure, creating a sense of safety and even security- vital in the holistic approach to health. ...read more.

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I do not need privacy, as this activity is open to all that attend the unit. The unit is specially adapted to the needs of the clients e.g. hand rails for support and ramps and space for wheelchair users. The room has tables and chairs, set out in clusters to seat four people. This equipment however is not fixed and can easily be moved. I will move the tables to create one large rectangle/square or horse shoe dependent on the number of participants. My aim in this is to unite the clients as a group, creating opportunity for social interaction. This will also allow those with hearing impairment to be closer. The flooring in the hall is wooden so it reduced my concerns of the spillage of glue. The tables and chair are both plastic coated, again an advantage. Sinks and cleaning area s are available just off the room, in the toilets. * Time available I have reasoned that the activity should take place after lunch (which was cleared by the staff) I decided this because the tables were needed for lunch. After consultation with the staff we concluded that 1.30 p.m. would be an ideal time. Dinner is served at five o' clock so the room must be resumed to its original state in time for this. This gives me a time window of three 1/2 hours. I do not intend to use all of this time. I am not expected to use all of this time. * Materials It is the theme of my activities to use little money or improvise with products usually available to the clients. I have previously asked the staff to compile any old magazines, newspapers and other materials they may have. I have decided to take my own personal bag of scrap material and wool. I will also collect objects of nature i.e. twigs, feathers, leaves etc. ...read more.

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This flagged up a need in children for structure and guidance, (for opportunity to succeed) a need I had overlooked and replaced by choice. Choice can still be offered but in a more structured delivery. The creation of teams would have overcome this with the benefit of giving the children a sense of belonging, acceptance and support. Although this would open a doorway for discrimination, dejection and isolation, which would in turn, defeat all of the intended benefits. An improvement to the activity would have been the creation of team hats and their creation; i.e. black and white striped zebra hats or brightly painted parrot hats. The extension to this task is long and could travel down many exploratory routes. A list of some examples; * Extension of the animals and their needs wants. * Where the animals come from * Insight into multiculturalism * Discovery of anatomy, and how the body works * The environment and geography. Adaptation of activity In order to extend this activity the themes need only to be change to make them age appropriate. The core skill of team building would be a benefit to all. The idea of all working towards the same goal is uniting across the board. With this activity, it is the method of execution where the benefits lie, not in the creation. Evaluation of assignment The principles of art in care are the same it is how these principles are adapted and incorporated into the chosen activities where the true benefits lie. I have hoped to demonstrate this in my individual client benefits. The benefits to clients are understated and therefore effective. True quality can be brought to their lives with simple planning, low/no financial cost. The benefits of creative activities are provided on the very first page of the assignment. Although I am sure this list is not conclusive, the benefits of creative activities to the client run far deeper- the overall achievement of improving the quality of life with a holistic approach. After the completion of my tasks, I am convinced of this. ...read more.

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