What Parents Say ...

‘I am so grateful you took the time out and spoke to me and have sent me so much information. I really appreciate all your efforts.’ Mother of ‘D’ (Year 7 boy)

‘Thank you for all your help and all your therapy sessions with F ... Have noticed improvement.’ Father of ‘F’ (Year 2 boy)

What the children say about Wendy and Art Therapy

‘I love it. All the fun stuff. The things that I make that I can be proud of. I am really proud of my artwork.’ C, aged 11

‘I’ve built new friendships.’ S, aged 10

‘I believe in myself a bit more. I feel more brave.’ S, aged 11

Earlsmead Primary School

'I have worked with Wendy over the past two and a half years. In that time, she has supported children individually and in groups. Children have consistently developed a sense of their own value, and have developed strategies to support them with whatever challenges daily life has to offer. They have been wholeheartedly positive about their work with Wendy, often wanting more! Wendy also works to support the ethos of the school, and offers perceptive and gentle encouragement to pupils and colleagues alike. I recommend her work unreservedly.'

Emma Billington, Headteacher, Earlsmead Primary School - Written on January 3, 2012

Kate Middleton Champions Art Therapy

Why Kate Middleton chose to patronise The Art Room, an art therapy charity that helps children with emotional difficulties

It is remarkable that, out of the four charitable patronages that The Duchess of Cambridge announced on the 5 January, two were dedicated to art. The National Portrait Gallery, of course, makes sense: it is a major national institution, and an obvious choice for royal patronage. But more unusual is her choice of The Art Room – the smallest charity of the four, dedicated to helping children between the ages of five and 16 years with emotional difficulties develop confidence and social skills via the medium of art. In particular, the organization works with children who suffer from conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Working primarily through existing schools, the charity sets up ‘rooms for art’ that provide children with a focal point and safe place, hoping to teach its beneficiaries life skills, such as the ability to focus and work through disputes, all by using different forms of art.

Cedars Manor School (Primary)

'Art Therapy is undoubtedly a valuable provision within a school setting. Art therapy offers emotional support, a creative and therapeutic space for children, and can have a containing and nurturing impact upon pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. For the past five years Wendy has supported several of our pupils, working within both 1:1 and group settings, meeting a variety of differing needs. Whilst working at our school Wendy has liaised closely and sensitively with school staff, parents and other professionals, striving always to ensure best outcomes for pupils.'

L. Sackwild, Assistant Head (Inclusion), Cedars Manor School (Primary) - Written on January 2, 2012

Harefield Infant School

'Wendy has been working at the school for the last eighteen months and in that time has helped to transform the lives of the children she has worked with.

'Wendy enables each child to have a space to be themselves and shape their own understanding of who they are and their relationships. Parents / carers appreciate her work too, noticing the change in their child.

'Wendy contributes to the life of the school, always conducting herself in a professional manner. She has enabled staff in the school to grow and develop their own skills. Wendy has become an invaluable member of the team.'

Bernadette Lloyd, Headteacher, Harefield Infant School - Written on December 12, 2011

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