At Blossom Behavioral Wellness Center, we believe art is a universal language. Because of this, art therapy can be a perfect way for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to express themselves. Many experts, such as Dr. Temple Grandin, are firm believers in the effectiveness of art therapy. Researchers such as herself think those with ASD tend to think visually, which is why art therapy works so well. With that said, here is a guide to art therapy for you and your child.
Methods Of Art Therapy
Art therapy presents a wide variety of activities. Coloring, painting, drawing, and more all give children a fun and creative way to interact with their senses, objects, and other children. Structure is important, and oftentimes so is limiting the number of objects to interact with. Moreover, keeping sensory needs in mind is crucial. Finger painting may be enjoyable for some, but the sensation of paint on one’s hands may be alarming for others.
Those with ASD experience the world through a different lens than those without ASD. Because of this, verbal communication is oftentimes stifling for children to express themselves. Art therapy, therefore, allows them to express themselves in a more comfortable, flexible, and sensory way. By having control over their own art, they can express their frustrations, joy, and give others a glimpse into how they perceive the world. In a nutshell, this can be very validating for children with ASD to feel seen and understood.
Developing Social Skills
Art therapy is also beneficial in group settings. This provides important practice for things such as sharing, patience, taking turns, and communication. Another popular activity is group artwork, where children take turns contributing to a piece. This allows the children to socialize, interact artistically, and validate each other’s visions. They understand they are together as a team.
Innovative, Compassionate & Effective
Art therapy is just one of the many services we provide at Blossom Behavioral Wellness Center. We use what your child already loves to help them learn and grow. It’s something to look forward to! Contact us today to learn more!