Skill Levels: All Levels
Note: See Schedules for more time slots on Tuesdays. 6 Individual 50 minute sessions employing therapeutic art techniques catered to the client and their needs. Great for children with mental, social and physical disabilities such as, but not limited to, ADD/ADHD, ODD, Autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Art encourages creativity, reduces stress, improves self-esteem, and can increase awareness as well as help with symptoms of trauma. Art is an abstract form of communication that allows individuals to express their feelings and emotions non verbally. Art is used to improve hand eye coordination, spatial reasoning, concentration and attention to detail. Sessions can be a great addition to current therapies or as a chance to relax and explore emotions through the creative process. Jennifer Klaus is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, where she received her B.F.A. in Illustration. She is a local freelance artist as well as a self published children’s book writer and illustrator. For the last nine years, she has been an instructor with DFAC for children and teens art classes. Jennifer has a BA in Psychology as well as her Master's in Clinical Research and Social Work. She is a LCSW who has worked with children of all ages and their families , particularly those with behavior, learning and developmental disorders. Jennifer worked with Calvin A. Hunsinger and Paul B. Stephens, both Pinellas county center schools. For the last few years, Jennifer has worked at an inpatient SIPP program for adolescents as well as an outpatient trauma and behavioral program for children and their families. Jennifer also has experience with individual, family and group sessions.