Art therapist Maureen Baddour Moses to discuss how children communicate their feelings through art during free programs March 14

March 7, 2008

DEARBORN / March 7, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education and Child Development Center, in partnership with Oakwood Healthcare’s Program for Exceptional Families, will present a collaborative series of programs geared toward showcasing creative exploration for children with special needs.

Certified art therapist Maureen Baddour Moses will present “Using Art as a Medium of Expression for Children with Special Needs” from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 14 in Dining Hall D of the campus’s Fairlane Center South Building, located off of Hubbard Drive.

Moses will talk to participants about how children communicate their feelings, tell stories and experience themselves as unique individuals through art.

Then, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Moses will host a “Creative Art Explorations” program for families at Oakwood’s Program for Exceptional Families, 25650 Outer Dr. in Lincoln Park. Children will have the opportunity to express themselves through art activities and take home an art project.

Both events are free and open to the public.

In 2006, UM-Dearborn and Oakwood Healthcare Inc. entered into a partnership to support collaborative work between the campus and Oakwood in four main areas--education, clinical services, research and development opportunities--over the next 20 years.

Oakwood’s Program for Exceptional Families is designed for children with complex disorders and disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. The program serves more than 800 families annually.

For more information on the events, call 313-593-5424.




CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
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University of Michigan-Dearborn