Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum: Beyond Words

Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum: Beyond Words

Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum: Beyond Words

Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum: Beyond Words

Synopsis

"Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum presents a new model of intervention, which focuses primarily on the communication and imagination difficulties experienced by many children with autism. The authors describe how negative behaviours and subsequent tension may be alleviated when the autistic child is involved in interactive art making with the therapist. They challenge existing methods within art therapy and explore the most appropriate approaches to treating autistic children. They also analyse methodology and assessment interventions, as well as the ongoing developments of appropriate assessment instruments. Drawn from their extensive experience in child and infant psychology, the authors present a range of case studies of art therapy with individual autistic children to demonstrate the use of practical interventions and the outcomes. This book will be of interest to all specialists in communication disorders, and in particular to professionals working with autistic children." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The application of art therapy for children with autism is not something new. As the profession has developed since the 1960s and 1970s, countless practitioners have contributed to the educational and treatment programmes offered to autistic children in settings such as special schools and social services departments as well as in private practice. Different models of art therapy have been developed, ranging from working developmentally by helping individuals to move from one stage of drawing development to the next, to intervening psychotherapeutically with a focus on the alleviation of psychological problems and distress. Some of these models are discussed in this book together with an emphasis on the particular approach we have been developing since the mid-1990s.

As our insight into the conditions associated with autism grows, our understanding of effective forms of support or intervention becomes enhanced. In this book we explore our understanding of the art produced by children with autism and how art therapy may be able to help them. From the perspective of contemporary child and infant psychology with a particular focus on emotional development and relationship as informed by studies into intersubjectivity, we attempt to provide a model of intervention that addresses the severity and complexity of disability associated with deficits in communication and imagination characteristic of autism.

Among the various developmental deficiencies to be observed in children with autism, deficits in communication and imagination are very apparent. Although the majority of autistic children do develop . . .

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