Cultivating Creativity

Posted by | February 5, 2018 | Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth

Six-year-old Logan had a big imagination.

He enjoyed playing pretend and making his teachers and classmates believe he had superpowers. But as Logan became more and more absorbed in his imaginary world, it became harder for his mother, Jennifer, to know when her son was telling the truth.

In Logan’s mind, the lines between real and pretend were blurred, and he was convinced that the stories he told were real. When teachers or friends tried to contradict him, he became aggressive and angry. One day, Logan had a major violent outburst in his classroom. Jennifer knew something needed to change.

“It was to the point where I was worried for him,” Jennifer says. “Can he tell what’s real and not real, and will he hurt himself because of it?”

Logan’s school counselor recommended he see a therapist. That’s when Jennifer turned to LSI’s Mental Health Services.

Logan began attending regular sessions with an LSI therapist. In each session, his therapist used imaginative and creative play to make Logan feel comfortable.

Logan was introduced to books and movies about other children with big imaginations. But each time, his therapist emphasized the importance of knowing what is real and what is make-believe.

After months of therapy sessions, Logan reached a critical turning point and recognized that he enjoys playing pretend and making up fun stories.

Logan has learned that it’s important to be truthful, even though playing pretend is fun. When he tells stories, he distinguishes between real and make-believe. His LSI therapist also collaborated with Jennifer, teaching her that storytelling is Logan’s way of communicating. Now Jennifer tells him stories in return whenever she wants to reinforce a lesson in school or at home.

“The support my son received is just amazing,” Jennifer says. “I feel better for him, and it has been a huge relief seeing his behaviors improve. It’s such a great experience.”

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