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).