Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC Founder to Speak at NJATA Annual Membership Meeting

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Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC founder, Dana Whiddon, will speak at the NJATA Annual Membership Meeting in October. “Creative Approaches and Programs for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum” will provide art therapists, students, educators, and other professionals with innovative and inspiring approaches for working with individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

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The meeting... will provide art therapists, students, educators, and other professionals with innovative and inspiring approaches for working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Dana Whiddon, Founder of Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC, will share her experiences working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities at the New Jersey Art Therapy Association’s (NJATA) Annual Membership Meeting. Ms. Whiddon will present two case examples that describe how the therapeutic relationship and the creative process can support developmental growth. Ms. Whiddon will also highlight the importance of adaptation and self-reflection when working with this population.

The meeting, titled, “Creative Approaches and Programs for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum” will provide art therapists, students, educators, and other professionals with innovate approaches for working with individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Speakers include New Jersey and New York area creative arts therapists who will offer tips for working within the creative arts to foster growth. The schedule offers a morning panel discussion among experts in the field. In the afternoon, these experts will offer breakout sessions that will provide more in-depth information about their individual programs and approaches.

Held at JFK School in Newark, New Jersey, the meeting takes place on Saturday October 22nd. Registration is free for NJATA members, $40 for non-member professionals, and $20 for students (with ID). 2.5 CEC’s have been approved through the American Art Therapy Association.

To register, please email NJATA President, Rita Klachkin at rbeeklach(at)gmail(dot)com. Deadline to register is October 8th. For more information about NJATA and to view a copy of the conference flyer, please visit the NJATA website.

About Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC:
ICE LLC (http://danawhiddonlcat.com) provides services to families affected by developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. Individual and group art therapy sessions are offered for individuals with special needs, as well as, for their siblings and parents. Floortime sessions and social groups are conducted in fully equipped sensory spaces. ICE LLC also provides consultations and reflective supervision for professionals.

ICE LLC was founded by Dana Whiddon, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT. Ms. Whiddon is a New York state Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with extensive experience working with individuals with special needs. She created an art therapy program at a private therapeutic day school in Manhattan that serves children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Over the years, Ms. Whiddon worked closely with multi-disciplinary teams to coordinate individualized treatment programs. In addition, she has presented nationally on the benefits of combining DIR/Floortime with art therapy principles to foster growth up the developmental ladder.

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