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).

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