Sometimes when words don't come right away, it's easier to express yourself through creation. That's what GAPademics students are learning in art therapy classes. In the picture above, one child drew the passing of her grandmother to cancer. The blue figure represents the girl in her sadness, and the red dots represent the grandmother's unconditional love which continues to permeate the girls life past her grandmother's passing. 
In art therapy, the teacher introduces a theme such as forgiveness, death, or family, and our kids paint a picture based on that theme. Then they talk through their creation and the emotions it brought for them. It's one more step toward wholeness for kids who have seen more than their fair share of difficulty.