What can I do at home for Art based therapy?

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-Based Therapy

Who is Qualified to practice and implement Art therapy?

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-Based Therapy
Art-Based Therapy

At what age should I start Art Based Therapy for my child with Autism?

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.

How is my child with Autism going to benefit from Arts-based Therapy?

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).

What is Art Based Therapy?

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

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.

 

What is Drama Therapy?
What is Drama Therapy?
The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) defines
drama therapy as “an active, experiential approach
to facilitating change. Read more
How will Drama Therapy benefit my child with Autism?
How will Drama Therapy
benefit my child with Autism?
The primary goal of drama therapy is to provide children
with Autism, with a safe and secure experience that
encourages the full expression of their inner thoughts,
feelings, and emotions through playful, dramatic activity. Read more
When can I start Drama Therapy for my child with Autism?
When can I start Drama
Therapy for my child with
Autism?
It can be started whenever you feel your
child is ready for it. Read more
Who can Drama Therapy be done from?
Who can Drama Therapy be
done from?
Most schools, community centres, and autism centres have access
to centres that specialise in or offer drama therapy. You can
refer to our exhaustive database to get a comprehensive idea
about the Dance Therapist close to you. Read more
What can I do for my child at home?
What can I do for my
child at home?
At home, it is recommended that parents
work closely with the drama therapist
and occupational therapist to find methods
that work well for their children. Read more

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)

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.

 

What is Dance or Movement Therapy?
Dance/Movement Therapy entails reinforcing the
mind-body approach. Read more
How will Dance Therapy
benefit my child with Autism?
Children with Autism are known to
benefit from Dance Therapy in the
following spheres: Read more
When can I start
Dance Therapy for my
child, and who should
I do it from?
Since dance therapy does work to improve some movement symptoms associated
with the autism spectrum, you can start it as soon as your child reaches an age
wherein she/he is comfortable with movement. Our database also sorts a vast
number of dance therapists based on country, state, and city. Read more
What can I do at home for
dance therapy?
At home, it is recommended that you work
closely with your child’s dance therapist
to find methods that work well for
your children. Read more

Music Therapy

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.

 

What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy for autism uses music to address
physical, emotional, cognitive, social needs of
children with autism. This can be done mostly
by simulating the senses. Read more
How does Music Therapy help
my child with Autism?
Apart from being a therapy in itself, Music therapy
can go hand in hand with other therapies your
child may be receiving. Read more
When can I start using Music Therapy
for my child with Autism?
Music from a young age is found to increase the
ability to associate some sounds with communication
of needs as it helps in connecting the auditory and
motor functions of the brain. Read more
Whom should I get Music
Therapy done from?
Similar to other forms of therapy, most
schools have affiliations with music
therapists to come and help a child with
her/his therapy using music. Our website
has a robust database of good music
therapists. The database is sorted by
country, state, and city. Read more
What can I do at home to help my child?
The best you can do as a parent, for your
child with autism, is constantly support
your child in whatever she/he wants to
do in terms of music therapy. Read more

What can I do at home for dance therapy?

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.

Dance Therapy

 

Other Questions 

What is Dance or Movement Therapy?

How will Dance Therapy benefit my child with Autism?

When can I start Dance Therapy for my child, and who should I do it from?

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