About Positive Shift Creative Arts

THE POSITIVE SHIFT STORY

I am the founder, Wesdyne Otto. I have Multiple Sclerosis and Alopecia. During my art therapy and counselling graduate studies I noticed that psychology associates disability and illness with "childhood trauma" and "unhealthy coping skills".  Neither of which were helpful or uplifting.  I felt that I needed to change and adapt enough to pass as "normal" rather than ask for dignity and space.

I created Positive Shift because living with disability is normal. Learning, mood/emotional, and physical disability are our lifelong dragons that make life more interesting. Our dragons freak out people who then say we aren't normal.  


Society and psychology assumes that disability and chronic illness are traumas that leave 'sufferers' sad, suffering, lonely, and having more bad days than good.  As a person with a disability, I disagree.  We can, do, and deserve good lives that begin with seeing disability as an aspect of who you are.   Processing the world with different body, sensory abilities, and brain function is a  unique and an essential part of who you are.    


My goal is to help you discover your limitations and superpowers.  An art therapy client said, "Am I upset because I have a different brain or because this is sad and scary?"  Through the art he was able to shift his self image from weirdo normal, caring kid.  

That is the intention of Disability Coaching - Creating the Courage to be Happy

My dragon Alopecia

"triplet children riding a flying dragon"

My MS dragon

DO I NEED TO BE AN ARTIST? - NOPE

  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, collage, play dough sculpture, arranging scarves)
  • Music (clapping, stomping feet, instruments around your house,  humming and gibberish, simple songs made up on the spot)
  • Poetry (rhyme if you can, reflective )
  • Storytelling (spoken and made up)

My Art 

Here's a link to Blogs and Resources positive-shift.ca

I write too much and built a separate website for all the writing and Resources, including video, recommended podcasts, books, & comedians.

Bring on the Grandkids: The 6 Benefits of Intergenerational Creative Play!

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grandson giving grandmother a piggyback ride through a garden centre

6 Health and Well-Being Reasons why you will want to have tea, sing, play at the sand tray with your grandchild. Lower stress hormones, teach self-care, improve mood and motivation, and naturally increase feel-good neurochemicals.  

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This is who taught me to do what I do

 Expressive Arts Therapy Trainer, 

Markus Alexander-Scott, Ph.

 explaining the creative process.  

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POSITIVE SHIFT CREATIVE ARTS TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Offices in Spring Lake and Edmonton, Alberta

contact@positive-shift.com

text 780-271-0675