At home, it is recommended that parents work closely with the art therapist and occupational therapist to find methods that work well for their children. Since different children react differently to the therapy, parents can either be asked to do some simple exercises and activities at home or limit the art therapy to the therapy sessions with the art therapist.
Art therapy should be taken from a trained professional art therapist. Most occupational therapists and pediatricians can help in referring a parent to an art therapist. Our database also sorts a number of art therapists based on country, state, and city.
Art therapists are professionals that are trained in both art and therapy. They are trained in human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art. They use art a means of therapy, assessment and research, as well as provide consultations to allied professionals.
Art therapy is a simple non-invasive procedure that can be used in conjunction with occupational therapy to enhance its benefits. Since art therapy does work to improve some motor skills, it can be started as soon as a child reaches an age wherein she/he is comfortable with art equipment.
While it isn’t a standard mode of treatment, Arts-based therapy would act as a means for your child to express him/herself in a creative way, which could act as a stimulation to his/her sensory, motor and communicative faculties.
It helps to express feelings that may be difficult to verbalize and thereby increase communication skills and develop the ability to recognize and respond to facial expressions.
It enables the child to explore their imagination and creativity and help them think symbolically.
It aids the child in developing healthy coping skills and improves self-esteem and confidence by identifying and tackling emotional issues and concerns.
It promotes sharing in a safe nurturing environment along with decision making.
It also improves fine and gross motor skills and physical coordination.
It also improves the tolerance for unpleasant stimuli while channeling self-stimulating behavior into more creative activity and manages sensory issues.
It works on the cognitive difficulties faced by children with autism.
When done in a group setting, it helps in developing cooperation, turn-taking, respecting differences, teamwork and a sense of acceptance and other social skills that can all be practiced in an enjoyable, natural setting.
It also works on enhancing language comprehension, self and social awareness and perceptual skills.
It can be employed to decrease echolalia (uncontrolled and instant repetition of the words spoken by others).
Arts-based therapy is an umbrella term comprising of various art forms namely, visual art, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, play therapy and drama therapy. Contingent on the interests and preference of the child, any one or more art forms can be employed to reach the desired goal. Art Based Therapies are a natural fit for autism. They help assuage the deficits associated with autism by channeling autistic behaviors into an expressive, creative outlet.
One of the major characteristics of autism spectrum disorders is difficulty with verbal and social communication. However, many individuals with autism have an extraordinary ability to think visually i.e. “in pictures.” Art in general, is a form of expression that could open doors of communication for a child with autism. It also promotes self-exploration, emotional growth and sensory integration while also encouraging social interaction in a fun setting.
Arts-based therapy differs from traditional art-making or performance in that the emphasis is on the process of creating and making rather than on the end product.
In recent years, caregivers are seeking alternative or complementary treatments for autism and have a wide array of options available. One such treatment is arts-based therapy. It is a natural fit for autism. It helps assuage the deficits associated with autism by channeling autistic behaviors into an expressive, creative outlet.
Arts-based therapy is an umbrella term comprising of various art forms namely, visual art, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, play therapy and drama therapy. Contingent on the interests and preference of the child, any one or more art forms can be employed to reach the desired goal.
Drama therapy is a treatment approach that provides a platform for your child with autism, to express his/her feelings and solve problems to achieve their set therapeutic goals via drama and theatre.
Dance is one of the highest forms of human expression. Since time immemorial, it has been an art form used world-over, to express emotions, concepts and ideas.
Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic usage of this art form to assist in the development of behaviors, emotions, and general movement patterns, which has been found to be extremely effective for children with Autism.
Music therapy is a therapeutic usage of rhythm, sound and instruments in facilitating better understanding, communication, social interaction, sensory processing, and improved attention spans in children with Autism.
At home, it is recommended that you work closely with your child’s dance therapist to find methods that work well for your children. Since different children react differently to the therapy, you can either be asked to do some simple exercises and activities at home or limit the dance therapy to the therapy sessions with your dance/movement therapist.
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