Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC Offers Saturday Sessions Starting in September

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Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC announces Saturday sessions beginning September 10, 2011. This announcement comes in response to many inquiries from families looking for support and services over the weekend. ICE LLC provides art therapy and floortime for individuals and families affected by ASD and other developmental disabilities.

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The Saturday sessions are starting in response to parent requests for weekend options to relieve some of the tension in their hectic weekday schedules.

Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC, providing services for individuals and families with special needs, will offer Saturday hours beginning September 10, 2011. ICE LLC, conveniently located on Broadway (at 60th St.) in the heart of Columbus Circle, boasts three fully equipped sensory spaces and an inviting, well-stocked art room. The Saturday sessions are starting in response to parent requests for weekend options to relieve some of the tension in their hectic weekday schedules.

Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC offers individual and small group art therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. Art therapy provides an additional avenue for communication and supports social and emotional growth. The nonverbal aspect of the medium can be especially important for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum as they often struggle with auditory processing and expressive language. Sessions at ICE LLC focus on bringing artmaking into a shared experience. This may lead to a deepened understanding of one’s images, help to expand expression beyond memory-based work, and provide the opportunity to engage meaningfully with another about these ideas.

Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC conducts sessions in accordance with the DIR/Floortime model because it addresses the core deficits of autism rather than treating specific symptoms or behaviors. The DIR/Floortime model capitalizes upon an individual's passions, harnessing their affect for sustained interactions that promote relating, communicating, and thinking. This approach looks at all aspects of social and emotional development, providing a framework for developing an individualized treatment plan that addresses the unique strengths and challenges of each individual.

Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC recognizes that living with ASD places additional challenges and stress on the entire family. Some common concerns for siblings include: isolation, embarrassment, pressure to achieve, and even resentment about fairness and lack of attention. ICE LLC offers art therapy and “sib-sync” sessions to address these inimitable needs. “Sib-syncs” are dyadic sessions that provide siblings with strategies for connecting with their brother/sister. The goal of these sessions is to help the sibling to cue into their brother/sister’s subtle communications in order to foster meaningful reciprocal interactions. Parents/Caregivers can also benefit from the support and sense of community provided by art therapy and support groups offered at ICE LLC.

To schedule an assessment or to learn more about ICE LLC services, please visit: http://danawhiddonlcat.com

About Intentional, Creative, and Engaged LLC:
ICE LLC 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 has 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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