What looks messy and like a whole lot of fun is actually a chance for children with special needs to practice occupational therapy, learn new skills and spend time with their family.
The Pieters Family Life Center’s Magic Paintbrush program started two months ago and has already had close to 200 participants.
Art therapist and Magic Paintbrush coordinator Sara Corona said the project is a family engagement program and is usually for a child with special needs and a parent, but can also include other members of the family.
Both parents and children love the hour-long session, Corona said.
“It’s a safe place to be chaotic,” she said.
The program has “some kind of magic to it,” Corona said, adding that it’s increased communication between child and parent.
One of the parents played “Simon Says” with their child in order to teach them how to follow directions, Corona said.